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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bomb Dead Mourned

BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Christians and Moslems across Lebanon shut schools and businesses in mourning Monday as Christians buried victims of a bomb blast in a Maronite church.


President Elias Hrawi and Christian and Moslem officials attended the funeral at Sayyidet al-Najat church (Our Lady of Salvation) north of Beirut where a bomb exploded during Sunday mass, killing 10 worshippers and wounding 60.


Women wept and shrieked with grief as the service ended and the coffins were carried out of the church. One woman fainted.


Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, who led the service, told 2,000 mourners it was the first time worshippers had been attacked in a Lebanese church. "What did not happen during the war years takes place today and the sanctity of the church is desecrated and the blood of worshippers is spilled," he said.


Christians and Moslems united in grief, observed a shutdown across the country to mourn the victims.