killed in Cairo gangland style
stolen from the shop
Four Copts killed in
Cairo gangland style
Two men on motorbike enter jewellery shop in
Egyptian capital's Zeitoun district, shoot dead owner, staff.
- Two men in wigs and sunglasses shot dead four Coptic Christians jewellery shop
workers in the Egyptian capital on Wednesday in an apparent gangland-style
killing, a security official and witnesses said.
The shooting happened at
around 12:30 pm (0930 GMT) in the mixed Christian-Muslim district of Zeitoun in
northeast Cairo, the official said, adding that the attackers escaped without
stealing anything from the shop.
Eyewitnesses said that
the men arrived at the shop on a motorbike, walked in and shot dead the shop's
owner and three employees before driving away, in a rare act of brazen bloodshed
in the capital.
investigations show that the motivation behind the attack could have been
revenge," the official said, adding that the owner had frequent disputes with
The official had
initially said the killings were the result of a drive-by shooting.
Police, who swiftly
cordoned off the area, found 15 revolver shell casings at the scene, the
Cairo's Zeitoun district
is a famed pilgrimage site where, according to witness accounts, the Virgin Mary
appeared above the Church of Saint Mary over a period of several years in the
The apparitions were seen
by millions including Copts, Muslims, Jews and atheists.
Copts - the largest Christian community in the Middle East - account for an
estimated six to 10 percent of the country's 76 million inhabitants and complain
of systematic discrimination and harassment.
Tensions often run high
between Egypt's Muslim and Christian communities in an increasingly religious
society dominated by Sunni Muslims.
Source: Middle East online