December 1, 2008
Church Asks for Protection for Priests After Church Blast Injures Two
MOSCOW, RUSSIA -- Police have compiled photofits of two young men
suspected of setting off an explosion in a church in southern Moscow
injuring two people, local police said on Monday. Police received an
emergency call at 06:38 p.m. on Sunday, when a blast went off in the
St. Nicholas church on Medynskaya Street. Two church officials, a
woman and a man, were injured while removing a suspicious-looking bag
left at the entrance by unknown people, who were described to police
"Experts have compiled photofits of two suspects in the explosion in
the St. Nicholas church on Medynskaya Street. They are young people
aged 16-20, of medium height with short hair," Natalia Maltseva said.
Investigators believe the attack was a random act of hooliganism
without a real motive, Maltseva said. Commenting on the attack,
spokesmen for the Russian Orthodox Church told RIA Novosti clerics
need extra protection.
"A priest cannot defend himself, and cannot register or own a
firearm, so society itself should protect its priests," said
Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, deputy chairman of the Department for
External Church Relation of the Moscow Patriarchate.