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‘Don’t live in fear because of bombs’

23 September 2016


Marking: FBI officials investigate the site of the bomb blast in New York

Marking: FBI officials investigate the site of the bomb blast in New York

THE Bishop of New Jersey, the Rt Revd William Stokes, and the Bishop of New York, the Rt Revd Andrew Dietsche, have urged people not to live in fear, after two bomb blasts last weekend injured 31 people.

Bishop Stokes: “It is important that we do not allow these or any other acts of terror to intimidate us or cause us to become people driven by fear and hatred. This is precisely the intention of such actions. Allowing fear to dominate our actions wounds us far greater than any physical strike against us.”

Bishop Dietsche urged people to be “brave and strong and faithful”.

Last Saturday, a bomb exploded in New York injuring 31 people; and another blast was set off in New Jersey, but no one was injured. A further bomb planted in New York failed to detonate, the police have said.

A man has been charged in connection with the blasts. Ahmad Khan Rahami, a United States’ citizen who was born in Afghanistan, was arrested after a shoot-out with police.


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