Sept 22, 2013 – PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) – A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up amid hundreds of worshippers at a historic church in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing 78 people and wounding 141 women and children in the deadliest-ever attack against the country’s Christian minority.
On January 25, 2012, the Jewish Standard reported that the police had arrested Anthony M. Graziano, for tossing incendiary devices made out of empty raspberry Crush soda bottles, motor oil and duct tape, at synagogues. Police reported that two synagogues, Congregation K’hal Adath Jeshurun in Paramus, and Congregation Beth El in Rutherford were targeted by Graziano.
The Jewish Standard reported that Graziano has been charged with nine counts of first-degree attempted murder, one count of first-degree bias intimidation, and one count of first-degree aggravated arson in the Rutherford case, and faces charges of first-degree aggravated arson, first-degree bias intimidation, and third-degree arson for the Congregation K’hal Adath Jeshurun in Paramus. If found guilty, Graziano could face between 40 and 80 years in prison, according to Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli.
December 26 – 2010 – KANO, Nigeria – 42 people were killed during a series of attacks Christmas Day in Nigeria that included the bombing of a Catholic church outside the country’s capital Abuja. A Boko Haram spokesman using the nom de guerre Abul-Qaqa claimed responsibility for the attacks. Boko Haram’s targets have included both Muslims and Christians. However, the group has begun specifically targeting Christians after promising it will kill any Christians living in Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim north. That has further inflamed religious and ethnic tensions in Nigeria, which has seen ethnic violence kill thousands in recent years. Associated Press writer Ibrahim Garba contributed to this report. Please pray for the Christians of Nigeria!