Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Egypt Copts killed in Christmas church attack
At least five Coptic Christians have been killed in a drive-by shooting outside a church in southern Egypt, officials say.
The shooting came as worshippers left the church in Naj Hammadi after a midnight mass on Coptic Christmas Eve.
Unidentified gunmen sprayed gunfire indiscriminately into the crowd, officials said.
Two Muslims passing the church were among 10 people reportedly injured in the attack.
Naj Hammadi is 40 miles (64km) from Luxor, southern Egypt's biggest city.
Coptic Christians account for about 10% of the Egypt's population of 80 million.
They have complained of harassment and discrimination, though sectarian violence is unusual.