Egypt arrests 15 in Christian-Muslim clashes

April 16, 2006 00:51

Egyptian police Saturday arrested 15 people in the aftermath of sectarian clashes in Alexandria that the Interior Ministry said were instigated by "fanatics" who "duped" people into participating. Fights broke out among several hundred Coptic Christians and Muslims at the end of the funeral procession for Nushi Atta Girgis, 78, who was slain Friday outside Saints Church in the Mediterranean city following a prayer service. Police arrested "some fanatic extremist elements who provoked skirmishes and threw stones at each other," said a statement from the Interior Ministry. It said that the detainees, who included Copts and Muslims, "went too far" when they set two cars on fire and damaged several shops.

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