A building owned by the Coptic Church has been destroyed by Islamist extremists in Egypt.
According to a report by Watani Newspaper, the structure was razed to the ground by a 5,000-strong mob.
The building, in the village of Fanous Village, Tamia District, was owned by a Coptic society affiliated to Mar-Girgis (St George’s) Church.
Construction began two months ago with official permission but it was not yet completed at the time of the attack.
The building was being erected on land donated by a Coptic villager and featured a reception hall and nursery.
The mob reportedly destroyed the building in response to a rumour circulating that it was a church.