Egypt police kill 19 ‘jihadists’ linked to Copt attack

5 November, 2018 12:00 AM printer

CAIRO: Nineteen suspected jihadists linked to a deadly attack on Coptic Christians in central Egypt have been killed in a shootout with police, the interior ministry said Sunday, reports AFP.

Those killed in the exchange of fire were part of a cell that left dead seven pilgrims in Friday’s attack in Minya province, a statement by the ministry said. “The terrorist elements opened fire on the (security) forces who responded,” the statement said.

The 19 suspected jihadists were found “as part of a pursuit of terrorist elements involved in carrying out hostile operations in the country, including the last armed attack which targeted citizens returning from the Saint Samuel monastery”, the ministry said.

The Islamic State group claimed Friday’s attack—which killed six Copts and one Anglican—in a message via its propaganda agency Amaq.