Egypt: Clashes erupt between Christians, police

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 1, 2011 15:59

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — New clashes have erupted between Egyptian police and Christians angered by a New Year's Day bombing at a church that killed at least 21 people.

Riot police are firing rubber bullets and tear gas at crowds of young Christian men hurling stones Saturday afternoon in the streets outside the Saints Church and a neighboring hospital. An AP correspondent at the scene says several protesters were carried into the hospital with injuries from rubber bullets.

The bomb — possibly from a suicide attacker — exploded in front of the church about a half hour after midnight early Saturday as some worshippers were leaving a New Year's Mass. The attack, the deadliest against Christians in a decade, has raised suspicions of an al-Qaida role.


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