Bangladesh: Extremists attack believers during baptism

December 1, 2014 by  
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bangladesh christians prayBangladesh, November 9, 2014: On Nov. 9, Faith Bible Church baptized 42 believers from Muslim backgrounds in Lalmonirhat, north Bangladesh. While the event was going on, at least 200 local Muslims attacked the new believers and pastors Salim Haidar and John Arif.

The Muslims called the police and had the Christians arrested. Charges were then filed against the two pastors. They were accused of converting Muslims by offering them money.

“The police detained the believers all night,” said a local Open Doors source. “The believers strongly denied the allegations.”

The believers were released the next morning, but the two pastors were kept in custody. They posted bail with the help of a lawyer, but it was denied. The first hearing is set for next Monday.

“The officer-in-charge said that he cannot release the pastors because of pressure from Islamic leaders,” added the same source.

– open doors

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