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Egyptian Man Gets Death Sentence for Killing Christians

Mohamed Ahmed Hussein aka Mohamed Kammuni, center, along with two other men, has been convicted of killing six Coptic Christians and one policeman, in January 2010 outside a church in the village of Nagaa Hammadi (file photo)

A court in southern Egypt has sentenced a Muslim man to death for his role in the killing one year ago of six Coptic Christians and a Muslim policeman.

The man, Mohamed Ahmed Hussein, is one of three charged in the drive-by shooting that occurred January 6, 2010, in the Egyptian town of Nagaa Hammadi. The other two are to be sentenced next month.

The six had just attended a Coptic Christmas Mass when they were killed.

The verdict, announced Sunday, follows by two weeks another attack in Egypt against Coptic Christians. A suicide bomber killed 21 people outside a church in the port city of Alexandria after a New Year's eve Mass.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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