Christians And Muslims In Egypt Trade Attacks After Fatal Shootings

January 9, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The New York Times

Wire Service: Reuters

Muslims and Christians set fire to one another’s homes and shops near the southern Egyptian town of Nagaa Hamady on Saturday, three days after a gunman killed six Coptic Christians in drive-by shootings, security officers said.

“Four houses and a shop belonging to Christians in the village of Tiraks were set on fire by Muslims, while four shops owned by Muslims in the village of Al Bahgorah were set on fire by Christians,” a security official said. The villages are near Nagaa Hamady, about 40 miles north of the famed temples of Luxor.

Six people, Christian and Muslim, were injured in the fires, the security officials added.

The police have taken 46 statements from Muslims and Christians in the area accusing members of the other faith of attacking their houses and damaging their properties, the officials said.