Pastor in Tanzania Hacked Nearly to Death as the Nation Sees Rise in Radical Islamists

ICC Note:

Pastors in Tanzania, increasingly plagued by violent attacks on churches by radical Islamists, now face imminent danger for the carrying out of their pastoral duties. Earlier this month, Pastor Ngai of the Evangelical Assemblies of God Church was viciously hacked into critical condition by assailants armed with machetes. Just before the attack, a similar attempt was made on Pastor Nzumbi, leader of the Free Pentecostal Church of Tanzania in Geita.

06/17/2013 Tanzania (Charisma News) – The persecution of Christians in Tanzania continues. Two pastors have recently been attacked, and the police are doing little about it.

On the night of Sunday, June 2, a large group of radical Muslims attacked the home of pastor Robert Ngai in Geita town, northeastern Tanzania. The attackers broke into the home and attacked Pastor Ngai with machetes. The pastor received serious cuts on his hands and arms when he raised his arms to protect his head from the blows. Doctors at the local hospital said the injuries were beyond their ability to treat and urged that he be rushed to a hospital in a nearby, larger city for treatment.

Ngai is the pastor of the Evangelical Assemblies of God Church. At last word from Voice of the Martyr contacts, he was still in the intensive care unit. Geita town is less than 50 miles from Buseresere, the city where Pastor Mathayo Kachili was killed by radical Muslims in February. Kachili’s story, and that of his widow, Generosa, is featured in Voice of the Martyr’s June newsletter.

Two nights before the attack on Pastor Ngai, the home of Pastor Daudi Nzumbi in Geita also came under attack. Pastor Nzumbi leads the Free Pentecostal Church of Tanzania congregation in Geita. Thankfully, the attackers fled after they were confronted by Pastor Nzumbi’s large, barking dogs.

When Pastor Nzumbi heard his dogs barking, he looked out the window and saw the attackers. He called the police, but the officer in charge told him, “I cannot protect every pastor!”

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