Coptic community in Germany fears terror attacks

January 3, 2011 18:41


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BERLIN — Germany's Interior Ministry on Monday said members of the country's Coptic Christian minority fear they may be attacked during this week's Orthodox Christmas celebrations.

Ministry spokesman Stefan Paris said that members of the Coptic Church expressed their fears in a letter to the ministry on New Year's Eve — hours before a deadly suicide bombing by a group of Islamic hard-liners on a Coptic Church in Egypt killed at least 21 people.

Paris said the ministry was currently in security talks with the Copts.

Bishop Anba Damian of the Coptic community in Germany, which counts around 6,000 members, told German public radio that state police had warned them of online threats by Islamists.

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