Attack at a Church in Egypt Kills 7

| January 7, 2010

CAIRO (AP) — Three men in a car sprayed automatic gunfire into a crowd of churchgoers on Wednesday in the southern Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi, killing at least seven people as they left a midnight Mass for Coptic Christmas, security officials and the church bishop said.

The Interior Ministry said three people were seriously wounded in the attack, at St. John’s Church, which was suspected to be retaliation for the rape in November of a 12-year-old Muslim girl by a Christian man. A statement said witnesses had identified the lead attacker.

Bishop Kirollos said six male churchgoers and one security guard were killed. He said he had left the church, about 40 miles from the ancient ruins of Luxor, minutes before the attack.

“A driving car swerved near me, so I took the back door,” the bishop said. “By the time I shook hands with someone at the gate, I heard the mayhem, lots of machine gun shots.”

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