Middle East

Gaza's Christian Bookstore Bombed

No injuries in Palestinian Bible Society blast, but security guard was kidnapped and beaten.

A Sunday morning bomb badly damaged Gaza's only Christian bookstore, operated by the Palestinian Bible Society.

The bomb, which exploded at approximately 2:30 a.m. Sunday, caused no injuries but destroyed much of the downstairs storefront of The Teacher's Bookshop in downtown Gaza City.

Damage exceeded that of the two small pipe bombs that unknown terrorists detonated in front of the shop February 3, 2006, destroying its steel and glass doors. Following that attack, the Christian bookshop's workers found a communique demanding the shop close immediately and not reopen elsewhere; however, the Bible Society reopened it five weeks later.

Labib Madanat, executive director of the Palestinian Bible Society, told Christianity Today Sunday afternoon after visiting Gaza that the attack came without warning. Gazan authorities had no confirmation of who was responsible; however, a small group called "The Sword of Islam" has carried out similar bombings of internet cafes.

At midnight Sunday, masked gunmen ...

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