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Sectarian clashes kill five north of Cairo: security

Sectarian clashes kill five north of Cairo: security

Cairo: Sectarian violence that erupted overnight north of Cairo killed five people, including four Christians, and left six other people wounded, an Egyptian security source said today.

The clashes, which saw the use of firearms, flared yesterday night in Al-Khusus, a poor area in Qalyubia governorate, after a Muslim in his 50s objected to children drawing a swastika on a religious institute, the source told AFP.

The man insulted Christians and the cross, and an argument broke out with a young Christian man who was passing by, which escalated into a gun battle with assault rifles between the Muslims and the Christians.

"Five people were killed in the clashes, including four Christians. In addition to this, six others were wounded, at least two of whom were suffering gunshot wounds," the source added.

An activist from the Coptic Maspero Youth Movement, Toni Sabri, told AFP by phone that "there are many wounded" from the Al-Mataraya Hospital, near to where the clashes took place.

A priest in Al-Khusus, Suryal Yunan, said attackers torched "parts" of an Anglican church, the official MENA news agency reported.

Muslims also set on fire a Christian home and ransacked a pharmacy owned by a Copt, a police official said.


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