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Pastor in Tanzania Killed in Brawl with Muslim Youths

ICC Note:

A pastor in Tanzania was killed on Monday when attacked by Muslim youths. Sources say the pastor was beheaded when Muslim youths attacked Christian butchers in Buseresere town. Tensions between Muslims and Christians had been boiling over for some time after Muslims demanded that Christians shut down their butcheries. This marks another incident of violence against Christians in Tanzania. Over the past year, incidents of violence against Christians has been on the rise. Many blame the spread of radical Islam to the country that traditionally is thought of as peaceful.        

2/13/2013 Tanzania (AllAfrica) - A pastor with the Tanzania Assemblies of God (TAG) Church at Buseresere has been beheaded during religious-linked conflicts at Buseresere town, in Geita Region.

A spokesperson for the Geita Regional Police Commander's Office, Mr Denis Stephano, identified the deceased pastor as Mathayo Kachili.

He said conflicts had been boiling for quite a while now in the area where a section of what are believed to be Muslim leaders had demanded immediate closure of butcheries owned by Christians.

He said that a group of youths believed to be Muslims assaulted several Christians using sticks and machetes and attacked a butchery owner at Buseresere town. During the confrontations pastor Kachili was beheaded.

According to Mr Stephano, several people are believed to have been injured, some in critical condition and were admitted to Buseresere hospital to receive treatment. He said the Chato District Commissioner (DC), Mr Rodrick Mpogolo, visited the scene and called for calm and religious tolerance among believers of the two faiths.

He said that members of the riot police dispersed the unruly crowd, noting that the situation has now returned to normal.

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