A 17-year-old Christian student was sentenced to three years in jail after he posted cartoons on his Facebook page that mocked Islam, Reuters reports.

Gamal Abdou Massoud was also convicted of distributing the cartoons around an Egyptian village.

The cartoons set off a wave of violence in the town, with some Muslims attacking Christians. Several Christian houses were burned and many Christians were injured.

Massoud received the maximum penalty for his crime.

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