Protesters burn Coptic shops in Egypt

A crowd of protesters set alight shops belonging to Coptic Christians in Luxor ahead of a controversial blasphemy trial.

    A crowd of protesters has burned shops owned by Coptic Christians near the ancient city of Luxor on Monday, hours before a trial for a Coptic Christian accused of blasphemy, a security official said.

    The official said he saw the crowd throw petrol bombs at the shops in the village of el-Mahameed near Luxor on Monday.

    He said authorities were investigating the attack.

    The attack came hours before the start of a trial in Luxor for Kerolos Ghattas, a young Coptic Christian charged with contempt to Islam over a series of alleged Internet postings.

    Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population.

    SOURCE: AP


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