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Coptic diocese says group attacked Christian homes in Egypt

CAIRO — Officials with a Coptic Christian diocese in Egypt say a group of Muslims attacked several Christian homes in a village in Upper Egypt, injuring three people.

The Minya Coptic Orthodox Diocese said Friday in a statement that the assailants objected to the presence of a church in the area, triggering the attack. It says plans to attack Copt homes circulated days before it happened but security only arrived after the attacks.

Christians constitute 10 percent of Egypt’s mostly Muslim population and sectarian violence occasionally erupts, mainly in rural communities in the south.

The Minya diocese says Copts there usually opt for using “a house, hall or simple room” to hold services as a temporary solution to avoid attacks on worshippers en route to churches in neighboring villages.