January 7, 2010 – New York – AJC has expressed shock and horror over the cold-blooded murders of at least six Christians and a security officer outside a church in Nag Hammadi, about 40 miles from Luxor in southern Egypt. The Copts were gunned down after they celebrated Mass on Coptic Christmas Eve last night.
“Hate crimes in the name of religion are particularly heinous,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. “The litmus test of a healthy society ultimately is the degree to which the security and well-being of minorities is guaranteed. We trust the Egyptian authorities will track down the perpetrators of this outrage and bring them to justice.”
Christians comprise an estimated ten percent of Egypt’s 80 million population.