Egypt: Two Copts detained as sectarian tensions growing
Two Coptic Christians were taken into custody and ordered detained for 15 days following sectarian tensions in a town in the south of Egypt, a police official said Thursday. The two will be questioned on charges of seducing a Muslim teenage girl and attempting to assault her sexually, the official said, according to the AP.
The two were detained in Isna, 560 kilometers south of Cairo, where Monday night dozens of Muslims went on a rampage following rumors of an abduction of the girl. The rioters hurled stones and smashed windows of a pharmacy were they suspected the Copts forced the girl to have sex with them.
"The charges are related to the sectarian tensions," the official said.