Incident Summary:

11/02/2018: Assailants opened fire on buses carrying Coptic Christians traveling to St. Samuel the Confessor monastery in Minya, Egypt. Seven civilians were killed and 20 others were injured in the attack. 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 Coptic Christians
Nationality of Target Egypt
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 Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included Aida Shehata, Mina Bassem, Youssef Shehata, Ghada Shehata. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority lowest and 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 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"‘We will kill the men and children and leave you to live the rest of your lives in misery’," Mada Masr, November 6, 2018.
"Egypt's Christians bury victims of militant attack," Reuters UK, November 3, 2018.
"EGYPT - Several dead in attack on bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt," France24, November 2, 2018.