Ethiopia: AU Commission condemns terrorist attack on Christians in Egypt

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has condemned "in the strongest terms" the attack by unidentified gunmen that killed at least 29 Coptic Christians and wounded more than 25 others in Egypt's Minya province on Friday.

According to Egypt's Interior Ministry, the Christians were traveling to a monastery, St. Samuel the Confessor, around 100 km northwest of the city of Minya, when they came under fire. Minya  lies to the south of the capital, Cairo.

A statement issued on Saturday by the AUC said the Chairperson was particularly saddened that this attack occurred on the eve of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Mr. Mahamat has expressed the AU’s heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and wished speedy recovery to the injured. He also expressed the AU’s solidarity with the Government and people of Egypt.

"The Chairperson of the Commission reiterates his appeal to the international community to renew its commitment to defeat terrorist and extremist groups and to adopt an action-oriented approach in order to give a more concrete expression to the commitment to combat terrorism and violent extremism in all their forms and manifestations," the statement added.

The UN Security Council members also on Friday expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Egypt, and wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured, reportedly including children.

In a statement the Council reiterated that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security”.

Perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these “reprehensible acts of terrorism” need to be brought to justice, the members said, and called on Governments to cooperate actively with the Egyptian Government and all relevant authorities.

Meanwhile, Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi on Friday said the country's forces have hit "terrorist training camps" in retaliation for the attack stressing that said he would not hesitate to strike terrorist camps anywhere.

Reports said Egyptian forces hit the Libyan town of Derna.
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27 may 2017 09:44:06

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