Nine dead as car bomb hits church in Egypt

A car bomb exploded outside a church and killed nine people in Egypt’s northern city of Alexandria as worshippers gathered to mark the New Year.

The Interior Ministry said on Saturday 24 people were also wounded in the incident, which prompted hundreds of Christians to take to the streets in protest. Some Christians and Muslims pelted each other with rocks, a witness said. Cars were torched.

Christians in Muslim-majority Egypt make up about 10 percent of the nation’s 79 million people. Tensions can flare into violence, often over issues such as the building of churches or relationships between members of the two communities.