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Investigation launched into monastery attack in Egypt

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“They attacked us with machine guns, tractors and cars. Eight hermitages were destroyed, bibles and crosses were burnt,”

By Afriquenligne

Monday, 14 January 2008 Egypt (The Free Copts) – The authorities have launched an investigation into an attack on a monastery in southern Egypt , according to a Monk, Father Mina.

Mink told a local newspaper that the general prosecutor was investigating the attack on the Abo Fana monastery near the city of Minya , after gunmen stormed the monastery and damaged eight hermitages.

“They attacked us with machine guns, tractors and cars. Eight hermitages were destroyed, bibles and crosses were burnt,” he said, although the monks have not filed a complaint.

“It is not the first time we are attacked,” Father Mina said, adding that on 1 January, a man opened fire on them.

“We filed a complaint at the police station but they didn’t start an investigation,” he said of the previous attack.

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Some analysts have blamed the media for overplaying the tension.

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