Mob attacks Christian woman, torches 7 homes in Egyptian province
The attacks followed rumors that a Christian man had an affair with a Muslim woman
A mob ransacked and torched seven Christian homes in a province south of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, after rumors spread that a Christian man had an affair with a Muslim woman, according to a statement by the local Orthodox Coptic church.
Released late Wednesday, it said that during the May 20 attack, the mother of the Christian man, who had fled the village, was publicly stripped of her clothes by the mob to humiliate her.
Security officials said the woman was beaten and insulted while being paraded by the mob through the village. They said the mob was made of about 300 men.
The officials spoke on Thursday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Ex-marital affairs or sex between unmarried couples are a taboo among both Muslims and Christians in conservative Egypt.