In Sydney's fourth bomb blast in as many days, the city's St. Mary's Roman Catholic?
In Sydney's fourth bomb blast in as many days, the city's St. Mary's Roman Catholic cathedral was rocked by an explosion during evening mass on Tuesday (April 17).
The congregation of forty was shaken by the blast but no-one was injured. The bomb splintered about ten heavy wooden pews, several damaged six confessionals and cracked stained glass windows at the southern end of the cathedral.
The people at the mass were at a side altar about a hundred feet (30 meters) from where the bomb went off.
The cathedral was closed while police squads searched for bomb fragments. They think the explosion was caused by gelignite and they want to see a man who was seen leaving the cathedral shortly before the explosion carrying a leather bag.
the three earlier bombs exploded at a newspaper office, a hotel and Totalitisator Agency office.
SYNOPSIS: An exposition at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral in Sydney shook a congregation of forty during evening mass on Tuesday (April 17). All emergency services went to the cathedral but fortunately no-one was hurt in the blast which police think was caused by a gelignite bomb. The explosion was the fourth in Sydney in a week. It's still not known why the cathedral was made the target.
A priest said the bomb was placed among pews in the nave near the baptistery. It splintered about ten of them and severely damaged six confessionals. The people at the mass were about a hundred feet away at a side alter when the bomb went off and were shielded from the blast. One priest was showered with glass splinters.
Police closed the cathedral while they examined fragments and searched for other bombs. They say they're looking for a man who left the cathedral shortly before the explosion carrying a brown leather bag.