Sunday, May 8, 2011

Religious Clashes Kill 9 in Cairo

Sunday, May 8, 2011

CAIRO—Violent clashes between Muslims and Christians that were sparked by rumors of an interfaith romance have left nine dead in some of the worst sectarian violence since the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising.

Egypt's prime minister canceled his visit to the Gulf on Sunday, and called for an emergency Cabinet meeting to discuss the violence, according to the state news agency.

Saturday night's clashes were triggered by rumors in the low-income neighborhood of Imbaba that a Christian woman married to a Muslim had been abducted and was being held in the church against her will.

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