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Thousands attack Christian homes, shops in Egyptian village

Catholic World News - January 30, 2012

A crowd of 3,000 Muslims burned and looted some Christian homes and shops in an Egyptian village after a rumor spread that a Coptic Christian man had a photograph of a Muslim village girl on his cell phone.

“We contacted security forces, but they arrived very, very late,” said Father Boktor Nashed, a Coptic priest. The priest said that the attackers were local villagers, not radicals from elsewhere: “maybe because of lack of security, they think that they can do as they please.”

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