Bangladesh: A Pastor attacked, ISIS issues warning of more attacks against Christians

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Pastor Luke Sarkar

A Bangladeshi pastor attacked by unknown youngsters who tried to slit his throat.

According to details, a Bangladeshi Pastor Luke Sarkar, pastor of Faith Bible Church in the Upazila, was attacked by unknown young men at his own house in the district’s Ishwardi upazila. 52-year-old, Pastor Sarkar revealed that three men came to his house, and said that they wanted to know about Christianity.

These unknown assailants according to Pastor Luke Sarker tried to cut his throat, but he managed to raise the alarm and his wife came in, as a result the attackers fled from his house. However, the pastor did suffer only minor injuries. While talking with media, Pastor Luke said that the young attackers aged between 25 and 30, who were fundamental Muslims.

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Luke Sarkar, further revealed that the attackers came to his house on a motorbike around 9:00am on Monday October 6. He said that the attackers fled after he yelled for help and left their bike behind. Pastor Luke Sarkar was rushed to the Ishwardi Upazila Health Complex and Pabna General Hospital, where he received medical treatment.

Incidents of targeted attacks on Christians in Bangladesh have increase sharply, as previously, two foreigners including an Italian aid worker Cesare Tavella died who when he was gunned down on September 29. Another Christian, 65-year-old, Kunio Hoshi, who is a Japanese citizen, was shot on October 3 by masked attackers. Later, the terror group Islamic State ISIS claimed responsibility for both killings, and issued warning that more attacks will be carried out against Christians in coming days.

“There will continue to be a series of ongoing security operations against nationals of crusader coalition countries, they will not have safety or a livelihood in Muslim lands,” terror group ISIS tweeted.

In this regards, the Bangladeshi Premier, Sheikh Hasina said, “I can surely say that IS or any such type of organisation or their activities have not sprouted in Bangladesh yet. Someone will post something online…why should we accept that unless we prove that? We cannot accept that.”