Extremist Muslims gun down 7 Coptic Christians in Egypt
07 Jan 2010
Nag Hammadi: January 7, 2010. (PCP) The Egyptian Coptic Christian’s Christmas feast turned in mourning rituals when gunmen opened fire on worshipers after midnight services in town of Nag Hammadi in Egypt.
According to news agencies 7 Coptic worshipers are reported dead and many injured in drive-by shooting outside Virgin Marcy Church in Nag Hammadi, about 46 miles from tourist city of Luxor in Southern Egypt.
There have been widespread violence against Coptic Christians in Egypt who are more than 10% of total population. The enforced conversion and abduction of Christians girls by influential Muslim majority members is routine matter in Egypt and justice is never ensured on calls by Coptic Christian leaders.
The Interior Ministry said the attack seems to be in retaliation for the rape of a 12-year-old Muslim girl by a Christian man in the town while Egyptian administration never accepted facts about enforced conversion for marriages of Coptic Christian girls in past.
The AFP reports that Clashes broke out Thursday in southern Egypt between more than 2,000 Christian Copts and police after the Christmas Eve killing of six Copts in a drive-by shooting, police officials said.
The violence broke out in the southern town of Nagaa Hammadi where a policeman was also killed and six Copts wounded Wednesday when three men in a car opened fire on Christmas eve shoppers in the centre of town, they said.
Thursday's clashes erupted outside a hospital morgue where the bodies of the six Christians killed the previous day were kept, with protesters hurling stones at law enforcing agents and police firing tear gas, the official said.
Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC have condemned attack on Coptic Christian worshipers on Christmas Eve in Egypt and expressed concern on safety and security of Coptic Christians.
Nazir Bhatti in a condolence messages to Dr. Ashraf Ramelah, President of the Voice of the Copts, based in USA, expressed solidarity with Coptic Christians in Egypt and urged international community to take notice of violence against Coptic Christians.