A bus traveling to a monastery in Egypt was the subject of a shooting attack that resulted in at least 26 dead, some of which were children, per Sky News.
The attack is the latest act of terrorism against Coptic Christians in the country.
Militants linked to the Islamic State are suspected to be the attackers, which were a group made up of 8 to 10 men dressed in military uniforms.
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The attack, which came on the eve of the Muslim holy month Ramadan, happened while the bus was travelling to Saint Samuel the Confessor Monastery in Maghagha, about 140 miles south of Cairo.
This is the third attack on Christians in Egypt in six months.
The first occurred on Palm Sunday, when bombs were detonated at two separate parishes, and the previous was a similar bombing at a Coptic Church in December.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for those attacks.
Late last month, Pope Francis visited Egypt and expressed his support for Christians of the Muslim-majority Arab nation.
After the trip, IS vowed to escalate attacks against Christians and warned Muslims to stay away from Christian gatherings and Western embassies.
A health official said the death toll could rise, as there are 25 currently being treated for injuries following the shooting.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.