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Egypt: thousands of Muslims attack Christian village

August 10, 2011

Looting and burning homes, thousands of Muslims attacked a largely Christian village in southern Egypt on the night of August 7-8. A local priest was beaten, and a 50-year-old layman was murdered.

A Christian on a motorcycle hit a Muslim in the hours before the attack on Nazlet Faragallah, Agence France-Presse reported. The Assyrian Information News Agency stated that prior to the attack on the village, Muslims were harassing Christian girls and hurling stones at a church on August 7. Security officials alleged that Christians had opened fire on worshippers at a mosque on August 7--a claim that local Christians deny.

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