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Army vehicles deployed on streets of Cairo

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The Egyptian Army is demonstrating its promised “iron fist” in Cairo, after two days of deadly clashes between Coptic Christians and Muslims.

At least 12 people were killed and more than 200 injured.

Clashes flared between Christians and Muslims in the capital on Saturday and Sunday.

Stones were thrown and there were reports of gunfire and bullet wounds.

190 people were arrested. The Army’s aim now is to reassure the people.

The unrest came after the Virgin Mary church in the poor Cairo suburb of Imbaba, was torched by a crowd of Muslim youths, according to eyewitnesses.

The attack was fuelled by a still-unconfirmed rumour that a Christian woman married to a Muslim man had been abducted by the Church.