5 killed in Muslim-Christian clashes in Egypt

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Associated Press

Posted on April 6, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Updated Saturday, Apr 6 at 7:33 AM

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security officials say at least five people have been killed in clashes between Muslims and Christians just outside Cairo.

Investigators say they are waiting for autopsy reports to confirm how the five men were killed.

Police say the clashes started before dawn when young Muslims drew upside down crosses on an Islamic institute. Christian onlookers and Muslims nearby began quarrelling and soon residents wielding guns began firing on one another.

Residents interviewed by satellite broadcaster Al Jazeera Mubashir had different accounts of what sparked the violence, and said police arrived hours after the fight ended.

A fire also broke out near a church in the neighborhood where the clashes took place.

Egypt's Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of the country's 85 million people, the largest Christian community in the Middle East. They have long complained of discrimination by the state.

APPHOTO CAI101: Several burned cars belonging to Egyptian Christians remain in the street after clashes between Muslims and Christians in Qalubiya, just outside Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Several Egyptians including 4 Christians and a Muslim were killed in sectarian clashes before dawn on Saturday, security officials said. A picture of the late Coptic Pope Shenouda is seen at end of street. (AP Photo/Mohammed Nouhan, El Shorouk Newspaper) EGYPT OUT (6 Apr 2013)

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APPHOTO CAI102: Onlookers gather at the house of Egyptian Christian, Samir Iskandar which was burned during clashes between Muslims and Christians in Qalubiya, just outside Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Several Egyptians including 4 Christians and a Muslim were killed in sectarian clashes before dawn on Saturday, security officials said. (AP Photo/Mohammed Nouhan, El Shorouk Newspaper) EGYPT OUT (6 Apr 2013)

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5 killed in Muslim-Christian clashes in Egypt

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