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Egypt thwarts bid to attack Coptic church

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/9785519/Egypt-thwarts-bid-to-attack-Coptic-church.html Egypt thwarts bid to attack Coptic
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      Egypt thwarts bid to attack Coptic church

      The Egyptian army foiled a bid to attack a Coptic church in the Rafah
      border town with Gaza as the minority Christian community began
      celebrating its Christmas.

      2:28PM GMT 07 Jan 2013

      Army units foiled the attack against the Rafah church, seizing a car
      packed with explosives and weapons, according to MENA news.

      Another car carrying masked men sped away as the patrols seized the
      explosives-packed Toyota vehicle, MENA said.

      Egypt's Coptic minority is celebrating its first Christmas under
      Islamist rule and amid a climate of fear and uncertainty for their
      future, although President Mohammed Morsi has pledged to be the
      "president of all Egyptians."

      In September, residents and officials reported that several Coptic
      families from Rafah had fled from the Sinai peninsula town that borders
      the Gaza Strip after receiving death threats from Islamists.

      Egyptian security sources suggested, meanwhile, that the planned attack
      could have been aimed at a military camp under construction near the
      church which has been targeted in the past by Islamist militants.
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