Three suspects in a drive-by shooting that killed six Christians in southern Egypt surrendered to police yesterday (January 8, 2009), the Jerusalem Post (JP) website reports today.
Egyptian security forces flushed the men out of dense sugar cane fields where they were hiding, and forced them to surrender.
In the late January 6 shooting in Nag Hamadi, three gunmen had opened fire on a crowd of worshipers leaving a church after a mass for Coptic Orthodox Christmas Eve. Six Christians and a Muslim security guard died in a hale of bullets.
The attack -- the worst to target Christians in nearly a decade -- shocked Egypt's Christian community. Copts, who make up most of the eight million Christians in this predominantly Muslim country of 80 million people, celebrate Christmas according to the Julian Calendar, on January 7.