Muslim policeman shoots Egyptian Christian dead

Reuters UK - 11 January 2011 - From Mohamed Abdellah and Yasmine Saleh

A Muslim policeman shot dead an Egyptian Christian on a train on Tuesday and wounded five others, sources said, less than two weeks after a church was bombed in Egypt's deadliest attack on Christians in years.

The shooting is likely to stoke tensions in the Muslim majority country, where Christians protested for several days after the January 1 bombing of a church in Alexandria that killed up to 23 people.

Christians make up a tenth of Egypt's 79 million people and have long complained of unfair treatment. They have accused the government of not doing enough to protect them.

Mariam Salah, a doctor in Minya, south of the capital, told Reuters her hospital was treating five wounded Christians. She said one of them told her a sixth Christian was shot dead. (...)