Cairo - Egypt was on edge Monday after a night of sporadic
violence outside Cairo's Coptic cathedral which had come under attack by police
and armed civilians following funeral prayers for four Christians.
Calm was restored to the central neighbourhood of Abbassiya
where police deployed in force outside St Mark's cathedral, and where several
Copts were still gathered on Monday morning.
One person was killed and more than 80 injured in Sunday's
violence, which erupted after mourners were pelted with stones as they left the
cathedral, a security official told AFP.
Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim inspected the scene of
the clashes overnight, an official said.
On Sunday, live television footage showed police firing tear
gas at the cathedral, symbol of the Coptic community which has long complained
of discrimination and marginalisation.
The bloodshed underscores simmering hostility that has
regularly seen violence between President Mohammed Morsi's main Islamist allies
and a broad opposition. It also highlights sectarian tensions brewing for
Christians form between six and 10% of Egypt's population of
nearly 83 million people.