The so called Islamic State, led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said on Saturday that its fighters had carried out a shooting that killed dozens of Egyptian Christians on Friday.

According to a statement from the group, they took the lives of innocent christians.

“A security unit from the soldiers of the caliphate set up a checkpoint to ambush tens of Christians headed for the Saint Samuel monastery west of the city of Minya,” the statement said.

Eyewitnesses said on Friday that masked men boarded several vehicles carrying Christians and opened fire at close range, killing at least 29 and injuring 24.

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