Egypt church shooting attacker gets death sentence

The January 06 attack killed six Christian worshippers and a Muslim guard.

Updated: Jan 16, 2011, 16:08 PM IST

Cairo: Judicial officials say a court in southern Egypt has convicted a Muslim man in last year`s Christmas drive by shooting at a church and sentenced him to death.

They say the court will announce its verdict next month for the other two defendants accused in the January 06 attack, which killed six Christian worshippers and a Muslim guard.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to share the information with the media.

Sunday`s verdict comes two weeks after a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a church in the port city of Alexandria, killing 21 and wounding nearly a 100.

The January 2010 attack in the southern town of Nag Hamadi also took place outside a church as worshippers were leaving after the Coptic Christmas Mass.

Bureau Report