A Coptic monk burns incense at one of the new churches in the Red Monastery in Sohag, some 500 kilometers south of Cairo. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)
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Police in Egypt are boosting security around churches as Coptic Christians prepare to celebrate Orthodox Christmas Sunday after a year of deadly jihadi attacks targeting the ancient community. More than 100 Christians have been killed in the spate of violence, including a shooting at a church south of Cairo just last week claimed by the Daesh (ISIS) group.Daesh suicide bombers killed more than 40 people in twin church bombings in April and shot dead almost 30 Christians a month later as they headed to a monastery.The year ended with a Daesh jihadi killing nine people in an attack on a church in a south Cairo suburb.Copts, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's 93 million people, have long complained of discrimination and sectarian attacks.
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