King Mohammed VI strongly denounced a terrorist attack on a bus carrying Christian pilgrims in Egypt that killed eight people.
The King said that he learned “with great sorrow and deep indignation the sad news of the heinous terrorist attack on a Coptic in the province of Minya,” an area located 245 kilometers south of Cairo.
Subsequently, the King offered his condolences to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sissi. The monarch also expressed Morocco’s solidarity with the Egyptian people and his support to combat terrorism, which he deemed “a scourge condemned by all the celestial religions and rejected by Islam.”
The terror attack occurred on Friday, November 2, when gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying worshipers returning from a remote Coptic Christian monastery.
International news outlets reported that 13 people were injured during the attack and 8 people were killed. The Islamic State (ISIS) claimed credit for the attack.
The Egyptian President took to his Facebook to mourn the death of the victims on Friday.
Sisi wrote: “I deeply grieve for the martyrs who fell [dead] today by treacherous hands that seek to undermine the cohesive fabric of the homeland.” He added that the incident will not “undermine the will of our nation to continue its battle for survival and construction.”
Friday’s incident was not the first of its kind. In November 2017, at least 300 people were killed when gunmen attacked a mosque in northern Egyptian Sinai. The attack occurred in the village of Bir Al-Abed, located roughly 40 kilometers from El-Arich, the capital of the North Sinai province.
The masked gunmen set off a suicide bomb before opening fire during the Friday prayer on the worshipers, many among whom were army conscripts.
Egypt has witnessed several terror attacks since the dismissal of the elected Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 by the army. Besides ISIS, al-Qaeda-linked fighters operating from Libya were also active by the country’s western border.