Coptic Christians leaving a New Year’s Eve Mass celebration in Alexandria were greeted by a bomb explosion that killed dozens of people and injured nearly 100. Witnesses reported seeing a driver park a car at the entrance of the Church of Two Saints and then run away just minutes before the explosion ripped through the crowd shortly after midnight on Jan. 1. Government officials have claimed they found remnants of the bomb at the site, filled with nails and other makeshift shrapnel.
No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but the attack comes two months after an Islamic group known as the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) issued a threat stating that, “All Christian centers, organizations and institutions, leaders and followers are legitimate targets for the mujahedeen [Muslim fighters] wherever they can reach them.”
Source: Compass Direct News
Please pray for those wounded in this attack, as well as for the families of the deceased. As fears and tensions mount, pray that believers will be able to respond with the love of Christ. Pray authorities will protect Christians and bring the perpetrators of such heinous acts to justice.
“But You have seen, for You observe trouble and grief, to repay it by Your hand. The helpless commits himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless.” Psalm 10:14