Egypt Pledges to Curb Religious Violence

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The government of Egypt on Sunday announced stiff security measures to tackle religious violence that left 12 persons dead in Cairo’s Imababa district, sparked by reports that Christians had kidnapped a lady who embraced Islam. Egypt’s army also vowed that as many as 190 persons would be tried before military courts for Saturday’s violence. The clash was the country’s worst interfaith faighting since March 9 when 13 people were killed after a church was set on fire, and poses new challenges for military generals ruling Egypt since former president Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February.

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