Gunmen killed at least six people in a drive-by shooting outside a church in southern Egypt as worshipers left a midnight Mass for Coptic Christmas, Egyptian security and hospital officials said overnight Wednesday.
The attack took place in the town of Nag Hamadi in Qena province, about 64 kilometers from the famous ancient ruins of Luxor.
A local security official said two gunmen drove by a group as they were walking out of the Virgin Mary church and sprayed gunfire randomly into the crowd. The official said at least six people had died and an administrator at the hospital where the casualties were taken said seven were dead.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.