Egyptian security forces and officials inspect the scene of a bomb explosion at the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Coptic Orthodox Church on December 11, 2016, in Cairo's Abbasiya neighborhood. AFP / KHALED DESOUKI
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Egypt Christians flee Sinai after a spate of attacksSuspected Islamic militants gunned down a Coptic Christian man and stabbed his daughter to death inside his home in northern Sinai, the seventh such killing in a month's time in the restive region, officials and a Christian priest said Friday, prompting hundreds of Christians to flee from the area for fear of being targeted next. No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack but earlier this week, Egypt's Daesh (ISIS) affiliate, which is based in the Sinai Peninsula, vowed in a video to step up attacks against the embattled Christian minority. Three other Christians in Sinai were killed earlier, either in drive-by shootings or with militants storming their homes and shops.Coptic Christians, who make up 10 percent of Egypt's population, have suffered decades of discrimination.The church is built on the site where Christians believe the Holy Family first stopped to rest after crossing into Egypt.There are no official statistics on the number of Christians in cities or across the country.
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