Libyan Militias Torch Benghazi Church

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Christian persecution in the Middle East continued Friday with the latest attack in Benghazi, Libya, where Islamists torched a church attended by Egyptian Christians.

The attack comes only a week after around 100 Christians in the predominantly Muslim country were detained and tortured by Islamist militias for allegedly spreading the Gospel.

A security official in Benghazi says his forces stopped the attackers before they could do more damage.

One detainee died in Tripoli recently after being transferred from a Benghazi prison. His family says he was tortured to death, but the same security official insists he died of natural causes and confessed before his death, saying he has everything on tape.

This past September, a terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

The Islamist Ansar al-Shariah militia, which had handled some of Benghazi's security, was blamed for the attack.

Four foreign Christians accused of proselytizing are still "under investigation" in Libyan prisons. According to the Associated Press, they are a Swedish-American, a South Korean, a South African and an Egyptian.

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