Friday, October 5, 2007

Six Children Die in Suicide Bombing at Faith Evangelical Baptist Church in Southern Sudan

October 2, 2007 (ODICC) -Five children and an attacker were instantly killed in a suicide bombing at Faith Evangelical Baptist church in Khor Fulus, 30 kilometers south of Malakal, on Thursday, September 27. One more child died in the hospital on Saturday, September 29. According to sources, at least 10 people were injured in the attack, including the pastor, who is an Open Doors’ theological training student. Four of the wounded are in critical condition.The evening of the attack, the pastor* was presenting a children’s training session when a man walked into the church and detonated a grenade. The man was identified as a former Arab soldier who joined the SPLA recently.The attack was confirmed by SPLA Major General Deng in Khor Fulus, who believes the motive for the attack was to intimidate Christians in the area. According to Major General Deng, investigations into the attack and the possibility for further attacks are under way. Although the people of Southern Sudan have enjoyed relative peace since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, the smooth implementation of the agreement has been hindered.During the war years, Malakal was a government garrison town. The town is the closest Southern Sudanese town to Khartoum, and was in the news in December 2006 after heavy fighting broke out between northern Sudanese forces and their former southern rebel foes that left hundreds of people dead.When Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was in Sudan from 1992 to 1996, several suicide bombers were allegedly trained in the country. Christians say several of the trainees have remained in Sudan.Open Doors is monitoring the situation and standing with the Christians during their time of need through prayer and material help.
Pray that God will comfort the bereaved families.
Pray for a quick recovery for the injured that are still in the hospital. Some of them might need to undergo surgery.
Pray for Christians in the area to stand firm and to continue worshipping God.

As in the days of Noah....

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