Egypt: Mariouhna Church in Asyut Burned (+Photo)

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
August 14, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

The Mariouhna Church Diocese was torched in Asyut, located south of the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Wednesday night.

Twitter users posted images of the church.

Zaid Benjamin, the anchor with Radio Sawa, posted a photo on his account, confirming it is the church.

The photo shows flames creeping up the side of the church.

The fire comes after the most deadly day in Egypt since the fall of former leader Hosni Mubarak more than two years ago. Hundreds of people were killed and the government instilled a curfew.

Islamists clashed with police and troops all day on Wednesday, but it is unclear who torched the church.

A health ministry official told Reuters that 300 people were killed and thousands more were injured.

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry released statements condemning the violence.

Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.