Eight Christians Injured in Attack in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Islamists attack Catholics who “dared” to vote: several injured

ICC Note:

Muslim extremists continue to attack and terrorize the communities of religious minorities (namely Buddhist and Christian) in attempts to dissuade them from voting, or punish them for voting.

by Sumon Corraya

1/9/2014 Bangladesh(Asia News)-A group of Islamist fanatics has attacked the Catholic community in Jamalpur district, ” guilty” of having voted in the parliamentary elections on 5 January. Eight people were injured in the attack: three are hospitalized in serious condition at the Dhaka Medical Institute. Among these was the older brother of Msgr. Paul Ponen Kubi , bishop of the Diocese of Mymensigh .

Theophilus Nokrek , regional director of the diocesan Caritas , told AsiaNews : ” The attack was launched against the Adivasi of Garo ethnicity , who decided to vote despite the extremists threats. Their houses were set on fire and the assailants promised to return, burn what is left and take the lands of the tribe. Sonendra Kubi , the bishop’s brother, is in a serious condition.  His wife was injured in the attack . ”

At the moment, Caritas and the diocese are assisting the wounded: “We want to be assured that justice is done- concludes Nokrek – and for that we are also seeking legal help at least in the initial stages of the investigation. Please pray for the victims”.

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