- - Wednesday, August 1, 2012


CAIRO — Security officials said new sectarian violence erupted in a village near Cairo following the death of a Muslim man after earlier clashes there.

The officials said police used tear gas early Wednesday against angry Muslims who were trying to torch the local church.

The rioters set ablaze three police trucks and damaged several Christian homes. Sixteen people, including 10 policemen, were injured.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Sectarian violence first erupted in Dahshour on Friday, when Christian and Muslim villagers hurled firebombs at each other in a fight that started when a Christian laundry worker burned a Muslim’s shirt.

About 10 percent of Egypt’s mainly Muslim 82 million people are Christian.


Authorities release image of suicide bomber

SOFIA — Bulgarian police on Wednesday released a computer-generated image of the suicide attacker involved in the bombing in Bulgaria that killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver two weeks ago.

A police statement said the image of the dark-haired man was produced after the badly damaged face of the bomber was reconstructed. He had been decapitated in the explosion at a popular vacation resort on July 18.

The photo was sent to partner services for possible identification after fingerprints and DNA samples taken from the bomber did not match anything in international databases, Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said.

He told reporters the explosives were attached to the bomber’s back. Earlier reports had said the bag of explosives was placed in the luggage compartment of a bus the tourists were traveling in at Burgas airport.

Investigators, who had found only the bomber’s head and limbs, also were suggesting the bomb had been attached to his torso.

Mr. Tsvetanov said the attacker had spent “at least 20 days in Bulgaria ahead of the bombing.”

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