Nine die in Egyptian sectarian violence (Lead)

May 8th, 2011 - 3:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Cairo, May 8 (IANS) Egypt’s Prime Minister Essam Sharaf has called an emergency cabinet meeting following sectarian clashes in Cairo that left nine people dead, Xinhua reported.

Apart from the dead, 144 people have been injured in the violence that erupted outside Saint Mena Coptic Orthodox Church Saturday night.

The incident took place when Muslims headed to a church where a Coptic, as the native Egyptian Christians are described, girl was reportedly held.

The girl’s marriage to a Muslim man sparked the confrontation.

Sharaf also suspended his tour to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, according to the premier’s media advisor.

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