Magharebia (Washington DC)

31 December 2012

Libya: Misrata Church Blast Kills Two

Photo: Serene Assir/IRIN
Egyptian church (file photo)

An explosion killed two Egyptian nationals and injured two others at a Coptic church in Libya, LANA reported on Sunday (December 30th).

On Saturday night, two unknown assailants threw a grenade" into the church of Mar Gerguis (Saint Georges) in Dafniya, Coptic priest Timothy Beshara Adly told AFP.

The blast occurred at the end of the evening mass, as worshippers left the church near Misrata.

Misrata official Atiya al-Dreni said that an investigation was under way. "Explosives experts will determine what happened in the next few hours or days," he said.

In its coverage of the attack, the Libyan state news agency noted that citizens considered the Coptic churches "as evidence of tolerance among religions that should not be touched".

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