No Filipinos hurt in Egypt attack- DFA


Posted at May 26 2017 09:34 PM

MANILA - No Filipinos were hurt in an attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt on Friday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. 

"Per our Embassy in Cairo, no Filipinos were hurt in the attacks. The Embassy has advised Filipinos in Egypt to remain vigilant especially when in public places," DFA spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar said in a statement.

"Our sympathies and prayers to the victims, who were all Coptic Christians, and their families," he said. 

Twenty-three Coptic Christians were killed and 25 others were wounded when gunmen attacked their vehicles as they traveled to a monastery in Minya province, south of Cairo on Friday. 

It was the latest in a series of attacks on the Christian minority since December. 

There are nearly 6,000 Filipinos in Egypt per the latest available stock estimate of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas.