Egypt: Gun­men caught

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

LUXOR: The three sus­pects in a drive-by shoot­ing on Christ­mas Eve that killed six Chris­tians in south­ern Egypt gave them­selves up to po­lice yes­ter­day af­ter be­ing sur­rounded by se­cu­rity forces, the state me­dia re­ported.

Egyp­tian se­cu­rity forces blan­keted the ar­eas be­tween the vil­lage of Farshout and the town of Naga Ha­madi, where the shoot­ing occurred, stop­ping the sus­pects from flee­ing to the sur­round­ing desert moun­tains, the re­port added.

Po­lice dis­cov­ered the car used in the at­tack and then sur­rounded dense fields of su­gar cane where the sus­pects were be­lieved to be hid­ing late on Thurs­day. The three men are all known to have crim­i­nal records, ac­cord­ing to the state me­dia.

The gun­men opened fire on a crowd of worshippers leav­ing a church in the town of Naga Ha­madi, 64 kilo­me­tres north of the famed ru­ins of Luxor on Wed­nes­day, the day be­fore Egypt’s or­tho­dox Cop­tic Chris­tians cel­e­brate Christ­mas.

A Mus­lim guard was also killed, and nine oth­ers wounded, in­clud­ing three in a se­ri­ous con­di­tion.

Thou­sands of Chris­tians in Naga Ha­madi went on a ram­page on Thurs­day protest­ing against the at­tack and per­ceived dis­crim­i­na­tion against their com­mu­nity. The In­te­rior Min­istry said it sus­pected that the at­tack was in re­tal­i­a­tion for the al­leged Novem­ber rape of a 12year-old Mus­lim girl by a Chris­tian man in the same town. – Sapa-AP

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