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Africa North
Explosion at Coptic church in Misrata kills one
2012-12-31
[Libya Herald] An kaboom near the Coptic Orthodox Church in Misrata late yesterday evening killed one Egyptian man and left another three injured.

The kaboom, reported to have been caused by a bomb, targeted a services building connected to the church in the city of Misrata, killing the Egyptian national and wounding three others at the same time.

News broke this morning when the Egyptian embassy in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
received a call from Bishop Timotheus Bishara Adla, head of the church in the Libyan captital, informing them that the church building in Misrata had been targeted by an kaboom, Foreign Ministry front man Amru Rushdi said today.

Egypt's charg d'affaires in Libya, Hatim Abdel Qader, immediately contacted the Father Marcus Zaghloul, head of the church in Misrata, to check on the welfare of the other church members. The embassy's consul in Misrata, Tariq Dahroug, also visited the church to inspect the damage.

Staff at the Egyptian embassy in Tripoli have contacted the Interior and Foreign Ministries to hold urgent discussions about improving security arrangements around Coptic churches in Libya.

At the moment, it is not known who targeted the church or why they carried out the attack in Misrata yesterday.
Update from Ynet:
Bomb at Egyptian-run church in Libya kills 2

Egypt's Foreign Ministry says an kaboom at an Egyptian Coptic church in Libya's third largest city, Misrata, has killed two people and maimed two others.

The statement by the Foreign Ministry says Sunday's kaboom killed two Egyptian citizens working at the church in preparation for traditional New Year's Eve mass.
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