At least 23 people have been slaughtered in a brutal gun attack on a bus carrying Christians in Egypt, it has been reported.
The gunmen opened fire on a bus in the city of Minya in southern Egypt – around 245km south of Cairo – killing at least 23 and wounding 25.
The bus, which is thought to have been carrying around 50 Coptic Christians, was heading to Anba Samuel monastery in the city.
Authorities have rushed to the scene of the attack to assess the number of casualties.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes after ISIS bombings at churches in Tanta and Alexandria over Easter
The attack comes hours after the start of Ramadan which anti-terror experts fear will be hijacked by jihadists looking to cause carnage.