One dead, 23 wounded in Egyptian sectarian clashes

By REUTERS
May 8, 2011 00:55

CAIRO - At least one person was killed and more than 20 were wounded in a sectarian clash in Egypt on Saturday over a Christian woman who had allegedly converted to Islam, officials said.

The strife represents another challenge to Egypt's military rulers who are trying to restore law and order after President Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down in a popular uprising in February.

Witnesses said the army and police deployed armoured vehicles to the Imbaba suburb of Cairo after some 500 Islamist Salafists surrounded a Coptic Church, demanding those in the church hand over the woman to them. Details were sketchy.


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