Militants opened fire on three buses carrying Coptic Christian pilgrims Friday, killing at least seven people and injuring 19 others, Egyptian authorities said.
The gunmen "killed seven people and wounded 14, all of whom are in the Sheikh Fadel hospital in Beni Mazar" around 200 kilometres (120 miles) south of Cairo, said Bishop Makarios of Minya.
The bus was heading towards a local monastery, a senior Coptic cleric says.
The local Islamic State affiliate which spearheads militants fighting security forces in the Sinai Peninsula claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement, according to SITE, a US -based group that monitors and translates militants' statements.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
"Those who carried out the ambush.in Minya are fighters of the Islamic State", it said in a statement on the Telegram messaging app.
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The Islamic State has repeatedly vowed to go after Egypt's Christians as punishment for their support of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.
I am deeply saddened by the martyrs who fell today by treacherous hands seeking to undermine the fabric of a cohesive homeland.
"I wish the wounded a quick recovery and confirm our determination to continue our efforts to fight the darkness of terrorism and pursue the criminals".
He had earlier said the bus was approaching the monastery.
Christians account for around 10 per cent of Egypt's predominantly Muslim population of about 100 million.
In May 2017, 29 people were killed in a similar attack in Minya.
There were attacks on Coptic churches in Cairo, Alexandria and Tanta, north of the capital, in 2016 and 2017 despite a state of emergency imposed 18 months ago.