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Clashes outside Egypt church

Egyptian Islamists clashed with police Tuesday outside a church in Cairo, security officials said, as Christians held prayers to mark the New Year. The Islamists, with the Muslim Brotherhood movement, had been marching when they clashed with police standing guard outside the church. The movement of deposed president Mohamed Morsi was designated a terrorist group last week, furthering a crackdown on the Islamists since Morsi's overthrow in July.

Egyptian Christians fear chaos after wedding bloodshed

By Yasmine Saleh CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian Coptic Christians joyfully waited outside the Virgin Church in Cairo for the bride to arrive to join the groom for their wedding. Instead, bearded men on a motorcycle pulled up and fired on the crowd, deepening the fears of many Christians that their minority community will pay the bloodiest price following the ouster of elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July.

Egypt hunts for killers in church wedding attack

Police were hunting Monday for gunmen who shot dead four Copts at a church wedding, in the first assault targeting Christians in Cairo since the ouster of Egypt's Islamist president Two girls aged eight and 12 were among those killed in Sunday's attack at the Church of the Virgin in Cairo's working class neighbourhood of Al-Warrak, officials said. The four victims belonged to one family, relatives said. Seventeen others were wounded in the attack.

Egypt hunts for killers in church wedding attack

Police were hunting Monday for attackers who killed four Copts in a shooting spree at a church wedding, in the first assault targeting Christians in Cairo since the ouster of Egypt's Islamist president. An eight-year-old girl was among those shot dead at the Church of the Virgin in Cairo's working class neighbourhood of Al-Warrak, while 17 others were wounded in the late Sunday attack, officials said. Witnesses recounted how celebrations quickly turned to horror as the attackers sped towards the wedding party on a motorbike, sprayed the crowd with bullets and fled.

Egypt hunts for killers in church wedding attack

Police were hunting Monday for those behind a shooting spree at a church wedding that killed four people, in the first attack targeting Christians in Cairo since the ouster of Egypt's Islamist president. An eight-year-old girl was among those shot dead at the Church of the Virgin in Cairo's working class neighbourhood of Al-Warrak, while 17 others were wounded in the late Sunday attack, officials said. "There were two men on a motorbike and one of them opened fire," as a crowd emerged from a wedding service, the interior ministry said.

Egypt: Gunmen kill 3 in attack on Coptic Christian church

The attack was the first such assault targeting Christians in the Egyptian capital since the military coup that ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on July 3.

Copts in Egypt's Delga back to broken homes, shattered trust

Samir Hanna, an Egyptian Copt, returned to his home in the town of Delga a short while ago, but only to find it torched and looted by masked Islamist men. "Hundreds of them attacked our homes, many of them wearing masks," said the 43-year-old farmer inside his gutted house. "My home was looted, set on fire and destroyed." On August 14, mobs of Islamists unleashed a wave of violence in Delga -- attacking Coptic homes, centuries-old churches and terrorising Christian families.

Egypt's Christians terrified after church attacks

Egypt's Christians are living in fear after a string of attacks against churches, businesses and homes they say were carried out by angry supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. As police dispersed Morsi supporters from two Cairo squares on Wednesday, attackers torched churches across the country in an apparent response. "People are terrified; no one dares leave home," Marco, a 27-year-old engineer, told AFP by phone from the central city of Sohag.

Morsi supporters torch three churches in Egypt

Supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi torched three churches in central Egypt on Wednesday in reprisal attacks as police dispersed demonstrations in Cairo, reports said. The assailants threw firebombs at Mar Gergiss church in Sohag, a city with a large community of Coptic Christians who comprise up to 10 percent of Egypt's 84 million people, causing it to burn down, the official MENA news agency said. Security officials told AFP that another two churches were attacked in El-Menia province, leaving them partially damaged by fire.

Egypt to try Coptic teacher for 'insulting religion'

A Coptic Christian teacher in an Egyptian primary school will stand trial after colleagues and the parents of students accused her of insulting Islam and evangelising, a judicial source said on Tuesday. The trial of Dimyana Ubeid Abdel Nour will begin on May 21, the judicial source said. She has been freed on bail of 20,000 Egyptian pounds ($2,900) ahead of the hearing.
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