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Six Egyptian Copts killed in Christmas Eve shooting

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Six Coptic Christians and a Muslim policeman have been killed in a drive-by shooting in Egypt.

Another nine Copts – Egyptian Christians – were wounded in the attack after midnight mass in the town of Nagaa Hamady.

A gunman opened fire from a car as worshippers left church following the service on Coptic Christmas Eve.

Authorities believe it was a revenge attack for the alleged rape of a 12-year-old Muslim girl by a Christian man.

After the shooting, Coptic Christians gathered to protest and clashes broke out with police.

Christians account for about 10 percent of Egypt’s population.