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Detention of 106 for torching churches in Minya

Egyptian prosecution orders 15-day detention for 106 suspects in church attacks

Al-Sayed Gamaleddine, Saturday 31 Aug 2013
File photo: A tear gas canister is fired by Egyptian riot police into the compound of the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral after the funeral of four Christians killed in sectarian clashes near Cairo over the weekend in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, April 7, 2013 (Photo: AP)
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Egypt's General Prosecution has ordered the detention of 106 suspects accused of torching churches and public property in Upper Egypt’s Minya governorate. They will be detained for 15 days pending investigation.  
Tens of churches have been attacked and set on fire, mostly in Upper Egypt, by angry protesters following the ouster of Mohamed Morsi and the dispersal of two main pro-Morsi sit-ins on 14 August.
Coptic stores have also been targets for attacks in several Upper Egyptian villages. 


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