Plan your funeral because you’re going to be dead: Pastors in Bangladesh receive death threats

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Pastors in Bangladesh receive death threats at incidents of attacks on Christian missionaries increase drastically.

According to details, pastors in Bangladesh are reportedly receiving increasing death threats. In addition to the Bangladeshi pastors, international Christian groups and missionaries are also at the hit list of the Islamic radicals.

In this regard, the U.S. Department of State has issued a warning that travel to Bangladesh is dangerous especially right now. The alert note that the US Department of State has issued reads: “There is reliable information to suggest that terrorist attacks could occur against foreigners in Bangladesh, including against large gatherings of foreigners.”

While remarking about this issue, Noel Becchetti said, “Leaders in both of these areas are getting texts saying, ‘Make sure you eat your favourite foods over the next few days because we’re going to kill you in five days,’ or ‘Plan your funeral because you’re going to be dead in three days.’”

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Moreover, he went on to explain that “Bangladesh, historically, has always been known for its tolerance. This is really a new phenomenon. Some people think it’s just folks have seen what ISIS is doing, and to some degree, you don’t have to sign up. Anybody can just say, ‘Well, we can do that, too.’”

The Barnabus Fund explained that “Those sending the threats claim they are part of Islamist groups Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Islamic State. Their agenda is clear: ‘This country will be ruled only by the [Islamic] Sharia law,’ read the letter sent to [one pastor].

Although Bangladesh is a secular country and its legal system makes it one of the most tolerant Muslim-majority countries in the world, there are Islamist groups lobbying for the Islamisation of the country. The situation has become increasingly volatile in recent months, and Bangladeshi Christians, who make up just 1% of a population that is 90% Muslim, are vulnerable targets.”