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St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Tanzania’s northern city of Arusha was bombed on Sunday, 5 May. At least two people are confirmed dead as a result of the blast.

The BBC reported that as many as 50 people were wounded, 44 of whom received serious injuries and have been rushed to nearby hospitals. The church was bombed during its official opening, with the bomb thrown into the building from a motorcycle.

‘When it exploded there was a stampede, people running in all directions, walking over each other, children were screaming and women crying,’ a witness told Al Jazeera. ‘I saw a dead woman trampled, I think even her two children were killed in the same way,’ another witness added.

Tanzania’s president, Jakaya Kikwete, has condemned the bombing as an ‘act of terrorism,’ and has vowed to bring those responsible to justice.

 Source: International Christian Concern

• Pray for the grieving and the injured.
• Pray for justice and the complete rebuilding of the church.
• Pray this violence will be used by the Lord to grow His church.