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MINISTER OF BOMBED CHURCH IN NEPAL THREATENED WITH ANOTHER ATTACK
ICC Note:
In 2009 a church in Nepal was bombed by an extremist Hindu group. The pastor of that church has received another threat, “The Hindu extremist said that he would plant a bomb at our church if we did not help his group. But when I asked what type of help he wanted he hung up.” The police are taking this seriously and have already begun an investigation.
08/20/2012 Nepal (Barnabas Aid)- The minister of a church in Nepal that was bombed by an extremist Hindu group in 2009 has been threatened with another attack amid demands for Christians to leave the country.
Three people were killed and more than a dozen injured in the attack by the Nepal Defence Army (NDA) on Robin Rai’s church in Lalitpur, south of Kathmandu. On 8 August, he received a sinister phone call by a man claiming to be Sangharsha, the new leader of the NDA.
Mr Rai said:
The Hindu extremist said that he would plant a bomb at our church if we did not help his group. But when I asked what type of help he wanted he hung up.
Nepali Christians have been ordered by Hindu extremists to leave Nepal.
Other Christian leaders have also received threats, and the NDA has been circulating leaflets ordering Christians and Muslims to leave the country.
Sundar Thapa of the Federation of National Christians-Nepal (FNCN) was told by Sangharsha that Nepal is a Hindu nation where Christians and Muslims are not welcome. The Hindu leader ordered him to dissolve FNCN and leave the country.
Police in Nepal are taking the threats seriously and have launched an investigation. Lalitpur Police Superintendent Basanta Panta said that police would protect places of worship and other vulnerable sites.
The NDA carries out sporadic attacks against Christian targets. In November 2011, the group was behind a bomb blast outside the offices of the United Mission to Nepal, an association of Christian organisations devoted to social justice and poverty alleviation, in Kathmandu. Pamphlets signed by the group demanding that Nepal become a Hindu state, all churches in Kathmandu be closed within 50 days and all missionary organisations leave Nepal, were found by the police.
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