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Egypt on high alert for Coptic Christmas
05 January
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London: Coptic churches around Europe are expressing fears for their safety following a New Year's Day attack on a church in Egypt that had been listed on an Islamist website.

The same site, which is affiliated with the al Qaeda terror network, listed 16 Coptic churches in Europe, including four in France and three each in England and Germany.

Germany's Federal Office for Criminal Investigations said it has notified state authorities of a general terrorist threat against Coptic Christians living in Germany. A spokeswoman said the office issued the notification after the threats were discovered on the site.

French anti-terror police have begun an investigation into the threats made against Coptic churches in their country after a Coptic priest near Paris made a formal complaint, a spokeswoman for the Paris police said.

The Coptic Church in Britain is also concerned about the threat, said Father Shenouda Shenouda, a representative of the Coptic Orthodox Church Centre in England.

The Alexandria church was listed on the same website that made the threat against the European churches. Twelve other Coptic churches in Egypt were also named, along with Coptic churches in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, the United States and Australia.

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