Sectarian clashes broke out outside a Cairo church on Saturday night, killing at least 11 people. Rumors spread that a Coptic woman willing to convert to Islam was being held prisoner inside the church.
Residents say a group of fundamentalists known as Salafis - those who adhere to a literal interpretation of the Qur'an - attacked the church late at night, opening fire on citizens passing by.
According to State television, 9 people were killed and 144 injured, but local human rights organizations have reported at least 11 people were killed, according to
Egypt's Justice Minister has warned that people threatening the country's internal security will face an "iron fist".
Hundreds of Christians and Muslims clashed in central Cairo on Sunday, just hours after a church and a Christian-owned apartment building were set on fire, killing at least 10 and injuring nearly 200,