Egyptian forces shoot dead seven jihadists planning to attack a Christian monastery days after bombing Coptic church as part of ISIS plan to divide the country

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
By Paul Martin

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
Egyptian security forces killed seven suspected ISIS militants on Monday during a raid in Assuit province
Interior Ministry said the men, one of whom was a government employee, were planning attacks on Christians
Images show compound filled with machine guns, AK47s, belts of ammunition and extremist propaganda
Comes after 44 people were killed in two bomb attacks targeting minority Coptic Christians on Palm Sunday
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has declared a three-month state of emergency and a crackdown on extremists

By CHRIS PLEASANCE
DailyMail.com
11 April 2017

Egyptian security forces killed seven suspected ISIS militants as the extremists met on Monday to plan more attacks on minority Christians, the government has said.

The men were killed in a shootout in the southern province of Assuit. Authorities say the militants were planning to attack a monastery in Durunka, Christians across Assuit and Sohag provinces, and attack police officers, government buildings and a courthouse.

Authorities named three of the men as Hasan Abdel-Al Siddiq, 30, a government employee with the Directorate of Health, Islam Said Abdel Salam Ismail, 21, a law student, and 22-year-old Mustapha al-Sayyed Muhammad Dhahr.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi praised the work of his security forces and accused jihadis of trying to divide Egyptian society by attacking vulnerable minorities.

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