Egypt: Gunmen caught
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