Egyptian policeman shoots Christian dead on train

It was not immediately clear if Tuesday's shooting was motivated by religious issues in the Muslim majority country.

Egyptian policeman shoots Christian dead on train

An Egyptian policeman shot dead a Christian on a train on Tuesday and wounded five others, sources said.

An interior ministry statement said the suspect was not wearing a uniform during the incident. It was not immediately clear if Tuesday's shooting was motivated by religious issues in the Muslim majority country.

Mariam Salah, a doctor in Minya, south of the capital, told Reuters her hospital was treating five wounded Christians. She said one of them told her a sixth Christian was shot dead.

Outside the hospital, between 200 and 400 Christians gathered to protest the latest attack and demand the government do more to protect them. Police used teargas to disperse them, security sources said.

A security source confirmed one Christian had been shot dead and said the attacker was a Muslim police officer.

An Interior Ministry statement named the attacker as officer Amer Ashour Abdel-Zaher, a name that suggests he was a Muslim.

It also named the man killed and the five others wounded, saying one of those injured was the dead man's wife. The husband and wife were from Cairo and the others were from Minya. At least two of the names indicated they were Christians.

The Interior Ministry said the suspect boarded a train and "opened fire on some train passengers from his pistol and ran away". It said the perpetrator was caught at his home and an investigation was under way.

The official news agency said the train was travelling between Cairo and Assiut in southern Egypt.


Agencies

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