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Victim of the May 2017 bus attacks, reads her Bible. - Photo: World Watch Monitor www.worldwatchmonitor.org
Nadia lost family members and suffered gunshot wounds in the May 2017 bus attack.
Photo: World Watch Monitor

Seven people were killed and at least 14 wounded when a bus of Christians was attacked while travelling to a monastery in Minya on November 2nd. Six of those killed were from the same family. The attack happened in almost the identical location as a similar attack in May 2017 which killed 28 Christians (see this report).

According to witnesses, one bus managed to escape without harm but a second smaller bus was forced to stop, permitting the terrorists to open fire on the passengers. The attackers then fled the scene.

In both the previous and latest attacks, ISIS has claimed responsibility. The militant group gave the recent arrest of six women as a reason for this month's incident. Egyptian authorities announced on November 4th that they had located and killed nine members of the terrorist cell responsible for this terrible incident.

Remember those who are grieving the senseless loss of their loved ones. Pray for the surviving victims who were injured as they recover from their wounds and the emotional trauma of the attack. May the authorities be able to provide the protection that's needed for Egypt's most vulnerable citizens.

Country Information


106,437,241 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Egyptian (99.7), other (0.3)

Religion (%)
Islam (90), Christianity (10)

President Abdelfattah Said El-Sisi (2014)

Government type
Presidential republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system based on Napoleonic civil and penal law, Islamic religious law, and vestiges of colonial-era laws

Source: World Factbook

Pray for Egypt

Pray on behalf of those who are facing economic and social challenges because of their Christian faith. Ask the Lord to provide for their spiritual and practical needs – further strengthening and emboldening them so they can effectively share the message of the Gospel with others in their communities. May the hearts of those who hear it be open and receptive to the wonderful truths contained in God’s Word.


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