Egypt Targets ISIL After Attack on Christians

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    Egyptian air force planes on Friday carried out six strikes directed at camps near Derna in Libya, where armed men responsible for a deadly attack on Christians are believed to have trained, according to military sources.

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group on Saturday claimed responsibility for the attack, saying in an online statement that it had been carried out by one of its affiliates.

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced on Friday that he had directed strikes against what he called "terrorist camps", declaring in a televised address that states that sponsored terrorism would be punished.

    "Egypt will never hesitate to strike terror camps anywhere ... if it plans attacking Egypt whether inside or outside the country," Sisi said.

    The Egyptian government said at least 29 Coptic Christians were killed and dozens more wounded by armed men who attacked them while they were travelling to a monastery in Egypt's Minya province.

    ISIL put the number at 32.

    The Christians were headed to the Saint Samuel Monastery, located outside Minya city, about 220km south of the capital Cairo, when the masked attackers, who came in three pickup trucks, opened fire of them before fleeing the scene.

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