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Popular New York church receives bomb threat during church service

Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in Jamaica, Queens -- Google Maps
Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in Jamaica, Queens -- Google MapsGreater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in Jamaica, Queens -- Google Maps

Well known New York mega-church was evacuated on Sunday during church service following a bomb threat.

Police reported the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in Jamaica, Queens, where former U.S. Rep. Floyd Flake serves as senior pastor, received a bomb threat around 9:30 a.m.

Cops and emergency service units responded, cleared the church and evaluated the premises. Nothing was discovered on site so church services continued.

Congregants declined commenting but reportedly took to Twitter, tweeting "Praise God!! The sanctuary is secure and we WILL worship in the cathedral sanctuary for our 11:15am worship service!!" and, later, "We're so grateful for all of your prayers!! Our Pastors Floyd & Elaine Flake are safe, our church family is safe and our GOD Has the VICTORY."

It was not reported if the bomb threat was made aware by the police or through church staff.

Data reported last year from church violence researcher Carl Chinn shows that 75 deaths from attacks at faith-based organizations occurred in 2012–a 36 percent increase over the previous year.

Christianity Today has highlighted the surge in church violence and noted how the increasing number of church shootings has prompted pastors to rethink security at church services.