Bus driver shoots dead 6 in Egypt

2010-07-06 12:00

Cairo - A construction firm bus driver shot dead six workers and wounded 16 others as he sprayed them with gunfire on their vehicle near the Egyptian capital on Tuesday, a security official said.

The source said the driver was taking the employees to their workplace when he suddenly stopped the bus and fired at his passengers.

"The bus driver for the company Arab Contractors was taking 22 labourers and other employees" to their workplace in Giza when he stopped the vehicle at Meniel Shiha, 20km south of Cairo, the official said.

"He then took out an automatic weapon and opened fire at the passengers, killing six on the spot and wounding 16, who have been taken to hospital," he said, asking not to be named.

The assailant was arrested but no immediate word emerged on his motives, although survivors were quoted as saying the driver had been suffering depression due to a job transfer.