Member of Egypt's House of Representatives for the Minya province, Emad Jad, has declared that the gunmen who attacked a bus of Coptic Christian pilgrims in Minya have no links to Libya or Derna.

Speaking to a local TV channel on Monday, he said the attackers are from the neighboring villages of Minya in the Upper Egypt district and all locals know this very well.

“I met with Minya locals and I sat with the bishop who told me that the attackers came from the neighboring villages, but not from Libya or Derna.” He stated.

He revealed that the Speaker of House of Representatives, Ali Abdel Aal, had prevented him from speaking under the dome of the parliament to tell the truth to the MPs and threatened to send him out.

Last week, around 10 masked attackers dressed in military uniforms ambushed a bus of Coptic Christian pilgrims in Minya, killing 29. ISIS 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 Al-Sisi alleged that the attackers came from the Libyan city of Derna and launched several airstrikes on the city despite the fact that ISIS is no longer exist in there. Observers say Al-Sisi’s airstrikes are a diversion for his failure to defeat ISIS militants in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.


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