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Egypt police investigate possible sectarian slaying of two Christians in sensitive village

ICC Note

Two Coptic Christians are found dead and Egyptian authorities are investigating if their death is due to Christian faith.

October 5, 2007 Egypt (International Herald Tribune)-Egyptian police were investigating Friday the slaying of two Coptic Christians found dead in the same village where one of the country’s worst sectarian massacres took place seven years before.

Sadeq Ishaq, 45, and Karam Andraus, 40, were found shot to death at their farm in the southern village of el-Kosheh, 240 miles (390 kilometers) south of the capital Cairo, a police official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

The official added that police were trying to determine if the murders had a sectarian motivation.

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Coptic Christians make up an estimated 10 percent of Egypt ‘s 76.5 million people. They generally live in peace with the Muslim majority, though occasional clashes occur.

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