It did not elaborate.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the shooting.
The security forces moved to the scene to disclose the attack's circumstances, and ambulance vehicles arrived near the monastery to transfer the injured to hospitals, the source added, affirming that the perpetrators are being pursued. The source said authorities were still searching for the attackers. "They are misled because all the grief, pain and frustration they cause will achieve absolutely nothing".
Graphic images shared by the church showed children among the injured. "Egypt is the target here and we all know that".
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The jihadists also have killed hundreds of soldiers and police officers in Egypt in recent years and were allegedly behind a November 2017 attack against a Sinai mosque that killed more than 300 people.
The UAE condemned in the strongest possible terms the heinous terrorist attack today on a passenger bus in Upper Egypt's Minya Governorate, in which scores of people were killed and wounded. Only pilgrims have been allowed on the main road leading to the monastery since last year's attack.
Local church officials in Minya province where the attack took place on Friday put the death toll at 10, but the higher figure could not be confirmed. "The terrorists attacked them and fled", he said. Christian activists say the church's alliance with el-Sissi has offered the ancient community a measure of protection but failed to end frequent acts of discrimination that boil over into violence against Christians, especially in rural Egypt.
The attackers opened fire on the bus in Minya, the province's bishop told AFP.