Two Christians killed in New Year attack on Egypt liquor store
Cairo: A gunman killed two Copts celebrating the New Year in an Egyptian alcohol shop early Monday, security sources said, the latest deadly violence against the Christian minority. The shooting came just three days after a gunman, identified as a wanted jihadist, killed nine people in an attack on a church south of the capital.
An assailant rode up in the back of a motorcycle taxi and opened fire on the liquor store in Cairo's twin city Giza at around 1:30 am (local time), when the streets were still bustling with New Year revellers, the sources said. The store's Coptic owner survived but two of his friends who were celebrating with him were killed.
Police are still investigating the motive of the attack, the sources said. Alcohol consumption is forbidden by Islam and liquor stores, most of which are run by Copts, have come under attack in the past by hardline Muslims who believe they should be banned.
On January 2 last year, a Muslim slit the throat of a Coptic liquor store owner in the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria.