Arrests over Egyptian faith riots

BBC

Fifty-two people have been detained in Egypt over their alleged involvement in three days of religious violence in the city of Alexandria.

The authorities say the detainees will be held for 15 days for questioning.

Another 50 people are also under investigation.

At least two people died in fighting between Muslims and Coptic Christians after a Coptic worshipper was stabbed to death in church.

Armed men then attacked three Coptic churches in Alexandria.Egyptian officials blamed the attacks on extremists, but Coptic Christians said the government was not doing enough to protect them. 

Coptic Christians make up 10% of the Egyptian population and have complained of harassment and discrimination. 

Some Copts argue that previous attacks on them have gone unpunished or have drawn light sentences.

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