Relatives of victims of an attack that killed at least 28 Coptic Christians on Friday react at the funeral in Minya, Egypt May 26, 2017.
"They told the men to disembark from the bus, took their identity cards and the gold they had on them, and asked them to the recite the Muslim profession of faith", said Maher Tawfik, whose niece survived. Egypt's foreign ministry said it had delivered a letter on Saturday to the United Nations Security Council informing it that the strikes were conducted as an act of legitimate self-defence, according to a ministry statement.
The country launched a fresh round of airstrikes over Libya on Saturday, targeting militant camps it said were responsible for the attack on the bus convoy as it travelled to a monastery south of Cairo.
In response to the attack, which was claimed by Daesh on Saturday, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ordered airstrikes on militant camps in Libya; a later military statement said those who had planned and executed the attack had come from these camps.
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.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack on the Christians, which followed a series of church bombings claimed by terror group ISIS in a campaign of violence against the Copts.
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Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told his USA counterpart Rex Tillerson that the jihadists who attacked the Christian convoy had trained in Libyan militant camps.
Sisi hads declared a state of emergency in Egypt after the Islamic State bombedf two Coptic churches in April.
The attacks were claimed by the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group.
Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende tweeted that he was "appalled by yet another deadly attack on #CopticChristians in #Egypt".
He also appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump to lead the global war against terror.
Egypt's Copts, the Middle East's largest Christian community, account for about 10 percent of the country's 93 million people.
IS jihadists have threatened further attacks. The president told Pope Towadros II, leader of the Coptic church in Egypt, that the state would not rest easy until the perpetrators of the attack were punished.