Bombs at 2 New Mexico churches halt services

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (BP) — Small bombs exploded within minutes of each other Aug. 2 at two Las Cruces, New Mexico, churches — including a Southern Baptist congregation — cancelling Sunday morning services and necessitating evacuations at other churches across the city.

No one was hurt in the explosions that caused minimal damage at Calvary Baptist Church and Holy Cross Catholic Church, the Associated Press reported. No arrests had been made as of Aug. 3 but New Mexico state police described the bombs as improvised explosive devices (IEDs) designed to cause harm.

Church members are doing well, said Scott Rodgers, pastor of core groups at Calvary Baptist, and a licensed professional counselor within the congregation has made himself available if needed.

Several churches in Las Cruces ended or cancelled Sunday services after the explosions, Albuquerque Journal News reported.

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