In the turmoil that exploded across Egypt this week, supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi attacked scores of church buildings and Christian-owned homes and businesses in response to national security forces breaking up two protest camps in downtown Cairo,Morning Star reports
Two Coptic Christians were killed in the reprisal attacks, which started after the armed break-up of the camps the Muslim Brotherhood and others had occupied in downtown Cairo for six weeks.
Pro-Morsi assailants attacked 27 church buildings, setting fires that gutted most of them, according to the Coptic Watani Weekly.
The current provisional ruling government which ousted president Mohamed Morsi reported that only seven Coptic Churches were attacked.
The assailants also attacked a women-only monastery along with at least two Christian schools and set at least 30 Coptic-owned homes across the country on fire.
They also destroyed three Bible Society stores in Egypt, sources said.