Egypt: Three people have died after Muslim extremists protested outside a church. Their complaint? That the church had put on a play criticising religious extremism and that this was insulting to Islam.
Entitled I Once Was Blind But Now I See, the drama tells the story of a poor young Copt who is drawn to Islamist militants who then try to kill him.
Coptic Christian leaders have said the play depicts the dangers of extremism, not of Islam.
Copts would never tolerate anyone insulting Islam,Coptic Bishop Armia is quoted by Egypt's official Mena news agency as saying.
Three killed in Egypt church riot—BBC News, 22nd October 2005.