Egyptian security forces killed seven jihadists on Monday who were planning to attack more Christians and government targets.
The ISIS militants were killed after engaging in a shootout with security forces. According to the Egyptian government, among the machine guns and ammunition were plans for attacking a monastery, Christians in Sohag and Assuit provinces, as well as police officers, government buildings, and a courthouse.
The raid came one day after 44 people, mostly Christian worshippers, were killed in twin bomb blasts during Palm Sunday services in Tanta and Alexandria, Egypt, and hours after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi issued a three-month state of emergency.
El-Sisi commended the raid by the country’s security forces and said the jihadist were attempting to divide the country, The Daily Mail reports.