Clashes between police and Coptic protesters in Minya

From Al Masry Al Youm:

<p>Coptic protesters blocking Mehwar Road, 7 March, 2011. Copts protest over torching of a church in Atfeeh, Helwan governorate, and hindered traffic. However, armed forces interfered to restore traffic.</p>
Photographed by Mohamed Abdel Wahab

Reuters news agency quoted unconfirmed security sources as saying that three policemen and six Coptic protesters on Wednesday were injured in a clash between the two sides in the southern Egyptian city of Minya.

The agency said the police used batons to beat the protesters, who retaliated against police by throwing stones.

The clashes erupted when the police tried to disperse demonstrators, who blocked a road in protest against the disappearance of two Coptic teenage girls.

The source said the clash took place in front of the Security Directorate, where a thousand Coptic protesters gathered on Tuesday. Hundreds of protesters, who camped out overnight, claimed the girls were abducted by Muslims and forced to convert to Islam.

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