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‘Extremists’ burn down church in Egypt


Extremists burned down a church in Minya, North Egypt, on Thursday according to a local Coptic Bishop.

“St Mary’s Church in the village of Esmaelia al-Bahreia was burned down completely after an attack carried out by extremists,” said Bishop Macarius of Minya.

Egyptian media, which reported the fire, has claimed an electric short-circuit caused the incident. However, the Bishop has claimed the fire was arson, according to World Watch Monitor.

St Mary’s Church was a makeshift church made from wood, located six kilometres North of Minya City. It was used in lieu of a “proper church” due to government restrictions:

“The makeshift church has been used for worship for over a year… since a proper church is yet to be authorised by the government since 2009,” the Bishop said on Facebook.

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