Egypt police have killed seven suspected ISIL operatives believed to be behind attacks against Coptic Christians.
According to the ministry of interior, the ISIL which has already claimed responsibility of the latest attacks are behind the deadly bombings are left several Christians faithful killed and scores injured.
The ministry in a statement also noted ISIL sympathizers were hiding in on Assiut province's mountainous areas when the police raided their hideout.
The terrorists also were preparing explosive devices in preparation in readiness of carrying out a series of terrorist attacks.
They were killed after a shootout with the police, who found rifles, ammunition, and IS publications in the hideout, the statement added.
The ministry did not say when the firefight took place.
The announcement follows twin attacks on churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria on Palm Sunday, which killed 45 people and were claimed by ISIL