Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi (C) delivers a speech in Cairo, Egypt, on May 26, 2017. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Friday that the Egyptian forces hit terrorist training camps after the shooting attack that killed 28 Copts in Upper Egypt's Minya governorate. (Xinhua/MENA)
CAIRO, May 26 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Friday that the Egyptian forces hit terrorist training camps after the shooting attack that killed 28 Copts in Upper Egypt's Minya governorate.
"Now, we have hit training camps used by those terrorists ... Egypt will not hesitate to target these terror camps anywhere," Sisi said in a televised speech aired by the state TV.
Earlier on Friday, unknown gunmen opened fire on buses carrying Coptic Christians in Minya governorate, about 220 kilometers south of Cairo, killing 28 people and wounding 24.
Security sources told Xinhua that some ten gunmen in three four-wheel-drive vehicles intercepted the victims' two buses on the way to St. Samuel Monastery in the Minya governorate, and opened fire randomly at them.
Sisi did not mention the place of the targeted camps, but apparently they were not in Egypt since he also vowed to track the terrorists inside Egypt.
"These countries that support terrorism and provide terrorists with training and weapons must be punished," Sisi stressed.
The Egyptian president revealed that the terrorists want to break the strong Egyptian social fabric as well as the country itself.
"They want to send a message to the Christians that the government cannot protect you ... we must be careful," he said.
Sending a message to the U.S. President Donald Trump, Sisi said he trusts that the U.S. president is able to combat terrorism in cooperation with the countries that love stability.
The Egyptian president said the Egyptians will stand united and steadfast, urging the international community to unite and back the battle against terror that Egypt leads on behalf of the whole world.