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Islamist attack on Pope foiled


2 August 2017

It has just been revealed that Portuguese security services foiled a planned attack on Pope Francis in May. A Moroccan Islamist purchased materials needed to make an improvised explosive device and persuaded his Portuguese wife, who was a firefighter, to conceal the bomb in the ambulance that followed the pope during his tour of the town of Fatima in May. However, surveillance by the Portuguese intelligence service prevented the attack and the would-be attacker has now been deported back to Morocco.


Barnabas Fund has been warning for some time that IS have made specific threats to target Christians and churches. As IS loses ground in the Middle East attacks in the West are likely. To download Barnabas Fund’s Pray and Protect booklet on how to safeguard your church click HERE.