Egyptian policeman shoots one Christian dead in train attack   2011-01-12 02:58:49 FeedbackPrintRSS

CAIRO, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- An Egyptian policeman shot dead a Christian man and wounded five others in a shooting spree on a train in south Egypt on Tuesday, Egypt's Interior Ministry confirmed.

The policeman opened fire to passengers randomly after he boarded a train in Samalut town station in Minya governorate, killing a 71-year-old Christian man and injured five others, including the dead man's wife.

In a statement of the Interior Ministry, the names of the other wounded suggested they were also Christians.

The shooter has been arrested in his Samalut-based home and is questioned by police, but his motive was not immediately clear.

A security source said that the Muslim policeman, whose name is Amer Ashour Abdel-Zaher, was going to his work in Beny Mazar in Minya Governorate. He shot people with his pistol and ran away. The train was on its way from Asyut to Cairo.

Shortly after the shooting, clashes erupted between hundreds of angry Coptic Christians and security forces outside the hospital where the injured were treated. Police used tear gas to disperse the protesters.

The shooting incident comes two weeks after the suicide bombing outside a Coptic church in Egypt's Mediterranean city of Alexandria in New Year's Eve, which killed 21 and injured nearly 100 others, the deadliest attack in the Islamic country in years.

Editor: yan

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