Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 5 September 2015

Church torched in Benghazi attack

Published 14/03/2013

The church was torched a week after scores were detained and reportedly abused by militias there for alleged proselytisation
The church was torched a week after scores were detained and reportedly abused by militias there for alleged proselytisation

Unidentified assailants have torched a church used by Egyptian Christians in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, Flames were seen rising from the church, witnesses said.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry issued a statement condemning what it described as "assault".

Abdel-Salam al-Barghathi, a security official in Benghazi, said his forces stopped angry men from doing more damage to the church.

He said they were angry about a protest in Cairo by Christians over the death of one of the detainees, whose family says he died of torture.

But Mr al-Barghathi appeared to blame the Christian protesters for the violence. He said the detained Christian died of natural causes and confessed before his death.

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