Jihadist attacks in Bangladesh increase as Christianity soars
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
As the number of Christians increase in Bangladesh, so do the attacks against them by Islamic jihadists.
The Islamic State fighters who slaughtered 20 people in a Bangladesh
cafe in Dhaka on July 1 caused terror and intimidation, but even so, one
Pastor bravely proclaimed: “persecution will come more but the
believers and I are ready to face it.” After North Korea, nine of the top ten persecuting states against Christians are Islamic states, according to Open Doors USA’s World Watch List.
Jihad Watch reported that the hostages taken during the July 1st
massacre who recited the Quran were spared, and those who could not
were tortured and then killed. Concern is also being raised that the
July 1st attack was a “concerted” one against foreigners. “Rise of Islamic extremism as number of Christians soar in Bangladesh”, by Katie Mansfield, UK Express, July 17, 2016: Some 22 people were killed in a deadly attack on a cafe in Dhaka on
July 1 with the Government blaming local homegrown militants despite
Islamic State (ISIS) reportedly claiming responsibility.
Local pastors say the attack is the latest in a string of targeted
killings which have left Christians and religious minorities fearing for
their lives. The attack took place in Dhaka’s diplomatic zone, Gulshan, causing
widespread fear and concern about the rise in Islamic extremism in the
country. A worker for Christian advocacy charity Open Doors said: “Survivors
of the attack said the killers made their hostages recite verses from
the Koran “Those who could were spared, while those unable to were killed.
“This latest attack, however, is the first concerted attack on
foreigners, marking a major escalation in a campaign by militants.” So far, it’s not clear if the plot was organised by ISIS in Syria, or developed locally in Bangladesh. Over the last few years, Open Doors’ World Watch researchers have
been observing the rise of extremism and terrorism against minorities in
Bangladesh, including Christians. Of the country’s 162million, 89 per cent population are Muslim with just 828,000 Christians.