Egypt executes man for 2010 Coptic shooting

October 10, 2011 16:38

CAIRO - Egypt executed on Monday a man for killing six Christians and one Muslim in a shooting in 2010, implementing the sentence a day after at least 25 people were killed when Christians protesting about a church attack clashed with the army.

The drive-by shooting, which sparked protests at the time, occurred in the southern town of Nagaa Hamady after mass on the eve of Orthodox Coptic Christmas, which is on Jan. 7.

The body of Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed Hussein, 41, also known as Hamam El Kamouny, was taken to a morgue in Alexandria after his execution for his family to collect, the state news agency MENA reported.

The shooting, which also wounded nine Copts, had sparked protests by more than 1,000 Copts from Nagaa Hamady. Muslims and Christians set fire to each others' homes and shops in the town. The incident was linked to the suspected rape of a Muslim woman by a Christian.

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