The Los Angeles Times is reporting that at least 22 people were killed in Egypt when Christians and military police collided Sunday.
In a similar story the Associated Press reports that 24 were killed and that more than 200 injured.
According to these reports the violence escalated after Coptic Christians, known locally as Copts, were protesting peacefully after a church was burned down by Muslims. The Copts began attacking after military vehicles drove into the demonstrators.
One of the military policemen saw it another way.
"Protesters fired bird shot at the military police," said a policeman at the scene who would not give his name because he was not authorized to speak to the media. "The police didn't interfere until protesters shot dead one of our officers and set ablaze a number of military vehicles and threw stones at the TV building."