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EGYPT SAYS CHRISTIAN MASSACRE ATTACKERS TRAINED IN LIBYA

CAIRO, May 28 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- Egypt said the attackers who massacred Christians near a monastery had trained in militant camps in Libya which it targeted with air strikes, after the Daesh group claimed responsibility.

The air force loyal to Egypt-backed Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar said it had joined the Egyptian air strikes on Friday following the attack on Copts that killed 29 people.

But the only confirmed strikes appear to have hit a pro-Al-Qaeda group in the Libyan city of Derna that has fought against Daesh.

Daesh said on Saturday that its fighters had ambushed the Christians as they were travelling to the Saint Samuel monastery in Egypt's southern province of Minya.

The shooting was the latest in a series of attacks by Daesh that have killed more than 100 Copts since December.

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told his US counterpart Rex Tillerson that the extremists who attacked the Christian convoy had trained in Libyan militant camps.

There was enough information and evidence of the terrorist elements involved in the (attack) having trained in these camps, a foreign ministry statement quoted him as saying.

Meanwhile, Egypt officially notified the UN Security Council of its air strikes on extremist strongholds in Libya on Saturday, citing Article 51 of the UN charter � the right to self-defense after armed attacks occur.

The official spokesman of the Egyptian foreign ministry, Ahmed Abu Zeid, told the Security Council that the permanent mission of Egypt to the United Nations delivered a letter to the president of the Security Council on Saturday informing the Council of the air strikes targeting the sites of the terrorist organizations in the town of Darna in eastern Libya.

In a related context, Abu Zeid said that Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received a call from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressing condolences to the victims of the Minya attack.

He added that the US Secretary of State expressed his sincere condolences and solidarity with the Egyptian government and people and families of victims in the face of terrorism. He relayed the support of the United States for Egyptian efforts in the fight against terrorism, as well as its readiness to cooperate in the field of counter-terrorism in information, intelligence and military.

Shoukry briefed his US counterpart on the air strikes carried out by the Egyptian air force on terrorist strongholds in the east of Libya within the framework of self-defense.

He also confirmed the availability of all information and evidence pointing towards the training of terrorist elements involved in the Minya attack within those camps, in addition to their involvement in other incidents. -- NNN-AGENCIES

Source: NAM News Network

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