Muslim, Christian homes set fire in Egypt

Christians, Muslims set fire to each others' homes and shops near the southern Egyptian town.

Muslim, Christian homes set fire in Egypt

Christians, Muslims set fire to each others' homes and shops near the southern Egyptian town of Nagaa Hamady on Saturday, three days after six Coptic Christians were killed in a drive-by shooting over rape issue, security sources said.

"Four shops owned by Muslims in the village of al-Bahgorah were set on fire by Christians," a security source said.

"Four houses and a shop belonging to Christians in the village of Tiraks were set on fire by Muslims," the source said.

The villages are near Nagaa Hamady.

Six people, Muslim and Christian, were injured in the fires, they added.

Police have taken 46 statements from Christians and Muslims in the area accusing members of the other faith of attacking their houses and damaging their properties, the sources said.

The source said police had detained about 25 of the 2,000 protesters.

The drive-by shootings in Nagaa Hamady took place around midnight on Coptic Christmas Eve on Wednesday night. Muslim and Christian groups held separate protests on Thursday and Friday.

Security sources named three Muslims, who have since surrendered to police, as the suspects.

Police investigators in the city 60 km (40 miles) north of the tourist and archaeological centre of Luxor, said two of the three assailants were distantly related to a 12 year-old Muslim girl allegedly raped by a Christian man.

Egypt's government said the violence was not sectarian and was an isolated incident.


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