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A Christian pastor in Bangladesh survived an attempt on his life earlier this week. Three unidentified youths attempted to slit the pastor’s throat after telling the pastor they wanted to learn more about Christianity. The pastor narrowly escaped the murder attempt because family and friend intervened when they hear a commotion coming from the pastor’s house. The pastor believes that the attempt on his life was made because of his work spreading Christianity in Bangladesh. Police are investigating the incident and are currently searching from the assailants. 

10/6/2015 Bangladesh (The Daily Star) – A pastor escaped an attempt on his life when three unidentified youths tried to slit his throat at his house in the district’s Ishwardi upazila yesterday.

Luke Sarkar, 52, pastor of Faith Bible Church in the upazila, suffered minor injuries.

Talking to The Daily Star, he said the youths aged between 25 and 30 came to his Schoolpara house on a motorbike around 9:00am and told him they wanted to know about Christianity.

Suddenly, they got him pinned to his chair and tried to slit his throat with a knife. As he shouted for help, his family members and locals came to his rescue and found him injured.

The attackers, however, managed to flee, leaving the motorbike.

Sarkar received treatment at Ishwardi Upazila Health Complex and Pabna General Hospital.

He suspected that a religious fundamentalist group might have carried out the attack to stop him from spreading the message of Christianity.

They also might have wanted to create panic among the local religious minorities, he added.

The pastor also said the youths phoned him and met him at his house about two weeks ago to talk about Christianity.

Siddikur Rahman, additional superintendent of Pabna police, said Islamist fundamentalists might be behind the attack.

“We’ve seized the motorbike and collected a cell phone number of the attackers. We are trying to nab the culprits,” he added.

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