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Egypt arrests Christian over anti-Prophet posting
By MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press
Saturday, December 31, 2011
(12-31) 06:20 PST CAIRO, Egypt (AP) --
Egyptian authorities have detained a Coptic Christian student
accused of posting a drawing of Islam's prophet on Facebook that
triggered two days of violence in southern Egypt.
Gamal Massoud has been accused by fellow students of ridiculing
the Prophet Muhammad.
According to a security official, the 17-year-old student denies
that and says friends posted the picture on his Facebook page.
The official spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity because he
was not authorized to speak to the press.
Since Wednesday, villagers have attacked Massoud's house while
chanting "Allahu akbar," or "God is Great."
They have set fire to other Christians' houses.
Many Christian villagers fearing retaliation have left their
Security forces intervened, using tear gas to disperse Muslim