Egypt Christians celebrate Christmas amid tight security

January 7, 2016 8:13 AM

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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Christians flocked to churches Wednesday night to attend Masses on Christmas Eve across the predominantly Muslim country, as the government continues to battle a burgeoning Islamic insurgency.

Police painstakingly searched more than 300 churches in the capital, Cairo, alone for explosive devices, according to police Maj. Gen. Gamal Halawa. Roadblocks were set up before churches nationwide and cars and motorcycles were temporarily banned from idling in front of them, he added.

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