Newspapers and news sites reported on clashes Sept. 15 between security forces and Coptic demonstrators in the town of Jabal al-Tair in Minya governorate. Afterward, demonstrators tried to attack a police station in protest of what they called “the failure of security forces to bring back a kidnapped Coptic lady.” This woman was Iman Morcous Saroufim.
Saroufim, a housewife from the village of Jabal al-Tair, is the immediate relative of a priest, according to some news sites. She had allegedly converted to Islam, reports said, citing a security source close to the Minister of Interior. Christians of Jabal al-Tair protested, while a Coptic lawyer filed a complaint with the attorney general accusing the interior minister of spreading false information about the kidnapped woman.