Weekend brings wave of terror to three major cities in Africa, Middle East

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Three deadly blasts in major cities thousands of miles apart targeted sites where people gather for life’s daily rituals.

Different groups claimed responsibility for two of the attacks, carrying them out in the name of different political and religious causes.

In each of the three explosions, ordinary people paid the ultimate price, casualties of ongoing battles where there is no front line, no readily apparent uniform that denotes the combatants as friend or foe, and little anyone can do to ensure security.

By now, the message clear: No place is truly safe, whether it’s a church, a park, a school or a busy street.

Late Saturday night, December 10, in Istanbul Turkey, after a heavily attended soccer game at Besiktas Vodafone Arena, Two blasts about a mile apart killed at least 38 people, most of them police officers, and wounded 150.

Sunday morning mass at Cairo’s main Coptic house of worship, at St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral.
A 12-kilogram TNT bomb ripped through a section of the church for women, killing at least 25 and injuring dozens more. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi condemned the attack and declared a three-day period of national mourning. Blast hits near Christian cathedral in Cairo, 20 killed, 35 wounded – Egyptian state TV


Sunday morning around 7:30 a.m. in Mogadishu, the nation’s largest city and capital.

A car bomb filled with explosives rammed into the main entrance of a port, killing at least 20 people and injuring 15, most of whom were port employees and pedestrians. Read more from CNN

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