World Bulletin / News Desk
One person was killed and 16 others were injured early on Saturday in clashes between Muslims and Christians north of Cairo.
The violence was triggered by a dispute between two motorists – a Muslim and a Christian – over who should pass first in Al-Khusus, a city within the northern Qalioubiya province.
The duel then evolved into a full-fledged gunbattle, leaving a Christian man dead and 16 other people injured, according to the Health Minsitry.
Policemen rushed to the scene of the violence to bring the situation under control.
Al-Khusus was the site of another sectarian fight a year ago on the background of graffiti offending the Islamic religion. Seven people were killed and 20 others injured in the ensuing clashes.
Saturday's violence has cast a pale on the city, amid worries of a new round of sectarian violence in the area.
"There's fear everywhere that the victim's relatives will seek retaliation," Medhat Magdi, a city resident and a teacher by profession, told Anadolu Agency.
Dalia, another resident, was also worried.
"How will we celebrate Easter in such an atmosphere?" she asked.
Millions of Egyptian Christian Copts are expected to celebrate Easter on Monday.
Qalioubiya security chief Mahmoud Yousri said there are no sectarian motives behind Saturday's violence.Last Mod: 19 Nisan 2014, 15:13