Coptic church ablaze in Egypt

“A Coptic church in the Egyptian town of Rafah bordering the Gaza Strip was in flames on Saturday (local time), with witnesses reporting a blast.

Witnesses said they saw flames coming out of the Mar Girgis church in Rafah after hearing an explosion. Armed men on motorbikes were spotted near the church, one of them said.

The church had been left without police guards at the time of the fire, witnesses said, after security forces disappeared en masse amid nationwide rallies calling for the resignation of president Hosni Mubarak.”

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