Incident Summary:

05/26/2017: Assailants opened fire on a passenger bus carrying Coptic Christian civilians in Adwah, Minya, Egypt. At least 30 people, including a United States citizen, were killed and 20 people were injured in the assault. This was one of two related attacks carried out by the assailants on this date. The Islamic State in Egypt claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Convoy of Coptic Christian Civilians
Nationality of Target Egypt
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Coptic Christian Civilian: Mohsen Morkous
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Machine guns were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included Samia Ibrahim. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State in Egypt Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 10
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 30 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 30
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Egyptian Christians killed in bus attack," BBC, May 26, 2017.
"IS claims deadly shooting of Coptic Christians in Egypt," Egypt Independent, May 28, 2017.
"Egypt Raises Death Toll in Attack on Bus Carrying Coptic Christians to 29," Latin American Herald Tribune, May 28, 2017.