Dialogue. “Updated | Bombers target Catholic church in Benghazi, priests escape unhurt,” from Malta Today, May 19 (thanks to Tom):
Fr Alan Castillo and Fr Raghib Marzouk escaped unhurt after a bomb went off at the Catholic church in Via Torino, Benghazi, late Friday night.
According to sources, a bomb was placed at the main of the church when an explosion rocked the area at around 11.30pm shattering several glass windows on the opposite side of the narrow road and also several windows in the building adjacent to the church housing the priests.
Fortunately, Maltese bishop Mgr Sylvester Magro was not there as he is currently in Spain attending a religious function.
Fr. Alan Castillo and Fr. Raghib Marzouk were however present at the time of the explosion, but both escaped uninjured.
Soon after the explosion security officials cordoned the area barring anyone from entering or leaving the area.
No one was hurt in this incident.
Foreign Affairs Minister George Vella also contacted the Maltese Consul in Benghazi Joe Pirotta to obtain “first hand” information on the incident and to express his solidarity with the people.
The Maltese Consulate is the only consulate, from among the EU member states, still open in Benghazi. The other consulates are those of Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt.
In a statement, the Foreign Affairs Ministry described the situation in Benghazi as being “highly fluid” and “easy to obtain explosive material”….