Egypt police arrest suspects over fatal Copt shooting

Egypt said that the Nag Hamadi attack was in retaliation for the alleged November rape of a 12-year-old Muslim girl by a Christian man in the same town.

Egypt police arrest suspects over fatal Copt shooting

Police arrested on Friday three men suspected of carrying out a Christmas Eve drive-by shooting in southern Egypt that killed six Christians, a security official said.

The Interior Ministry said that the Nag Hamadi attack was in retaliation for the alleged November rape of a 12-year-old Muslim girl by a Christian man in the same town.

Police discovered the car used in the attack and then surrounded farm fields where the suspects were believed to be hiding late Thursday, before taking them into custody the next day, the official added on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

The three men are all known to have criminal records, according to the state media.

On Thursday more than 1,000 people in front of the church clashed with police, witnesses said. Protesters smashed the windows of two shops owned by Muslims before police herded the crowd into the church grounds.

Calm had been restored amid a massive security presence.


Agencies


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