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Sixteen wounded in church attack

Published Aug 2, 2012


Cairo - Six villagers and 10 police officers were wounded when angry Muslims attacked a church and Christian homes outside Cairo on Wednesday, Arab media reported.

The attack in Dahshur village took place after a Muslim man died on Tuesday from wounds he sustained during a fight with a Christian, the Dubai-based Al Arabiya reported.

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Police tried to prevent the angry Muslim crowd from setting fire to a church, but the crowd managed to torch several homes in the village, and clashed with the authorities.

The editor-in-chief of Al Ahram newspaper, Amin Ahmad Amin, said the tension erupted on Friday after a fight between the Muslim and the Christian, a laundry worker whom he accused of burning his shirt while ironing it.

Similar clashes between Muslims and Copts have taken place in the past 18 moths in Cairo.

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The Copts make up roughly 10 percent of Egypt's population.

In January 2011, a suicide bomber killed more than 20 Christians outside a church in the country's second city, Alexandria. - Sapa-dpa

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