Around 11 men, among them a majority of Copts—the actual figures are not known—from the village of al-Galaa’ in Samalout, Minya, Upper Egypt, were injured during an assault by a group of fanatic Muslim villagers against the village Copts. Seven were moved to hospital. A number of Coptic-owned homes were attacked and pelted with stones, and a small bus carrying Coptic schoolgirls on their way back home from school was also pelted with stones. This drove the bus driver to fight with the attackers; other villagers from both sides got into the fight which then escalated and 11 were injured.
Nine people have been injured during clashes between Muslims and Copts in al-Galaa village in Minya, according to eyewitness accounts. Security services have arrived at the site and the victims have been transferred to hospital.
Ancient fortress city of Hatra destroyed by Islamic State militants - along with an Assyrian church, bombed on Easter Sunday
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has promised to continue its vandalising march through the Middle East’s priceless historical sites, underscoring its message by targeting an Assyrian church with explosives on Easter Sunday.
Pope Francis prayed for an end to the persecution of Christians in his Easter Sunday address, commemorating the students massacred by Islamist militants at Garissa University in Kenya.
Francis, after saying Mass for thousands of people in a rainy St. Peter's Square, delivered a mostly somber and grim "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message.
Both Pope Francis' Good Friday service at the Vatican and the Stations of the Cross held at the Colosseum later in the day zeroed-in on the plight of persecuted Christians around the world.