Algerian intelligence sources said that Egypt is using the terrorist attack against Christians in Minya as an excuse to launch a premeditated attack in Libya.
Egypt officially notified the UN Security Council of its air strikes on extremist strongholds in Libya on Saturday, citing Article 51 of the UN charter – the right to self-defense after armed attacks occur.
The Mujahideen Shura Council in Derna (MSCD), a Libya-based Al-Qaeda affiliate, has issued a statement denying involvement in an attack on Coptic Christians traveling to a monastery in Minya on Friday.
Egypt president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said that the attack on the bus transporting Coptic Christians in the western desert road aims at undermining the cohesion of the Egyptian state and people.
Egyptian fighter jets carried out strikes on Friday directed at camps in Libya which Cairo said have been training militants who killed dozens of Coptic Christians earlier in the day.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on vehicles carrying Coptic Christians to a monastery in Upper Egypt’s Minya governorate in a statement released on Saturday.
At least 28 Coptic Christians have been killed and dozens more wounded by armed men who attacked them while they were travelling to a monastery in Egypt’s Minya province.
Partners For Transparency (PFT) indicated in its monthly report that media outlets revealed the occurrence of 68 corruption incidents in Egypt during April, according to PFT’s statement.
A group of residents from Koum al-Loufy, Minya, threw stones at Coptic Christians after Maundy Thursday prayers, an eyewitness told Mada Masr on Friday.
Lawyers in Egypt held a nationwide one-day strike on Saturday to protest a jail sentence against eight of their colleagues, the Syndicate’s spokesperson said.