Church attacked

Churches attacked in Rourkela diocese

Vandals have destroyed two Marian statues and set fire to the sacristy and storeroom of a parish in Rourkela Diocese of India's Odisha state.

Sundergarh district administration has deployed armed police in the area because of the religious sensitivity of the two separate incidents on April 1, said police inspector Bijay Kumar Singh.

The eastern state witnessed anti-Christian violence a decade ago that claimed more than 100 lives. Christians fear attacks over Christmas but Easter seasons have been peaceful.


Church attacked at Kuttamala, Thiruvananthapuram

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Some anti-social elements on Monday attacked the church at Kuttamala following allegations of religion conversion. This comes soon after the attack on a priest from Amboori for the same reason.

Damages were caused to HMS church that comes under CSI church.

The miscreants who broke into the church destroyed furniture, public address system and articles used for prayers.

The culprits are yet to be identified though the police have started the search for them.

Last Thursday Lawrence, an Amboori native and the priest of the same church, was attacked near the church. He was beaten when he was taking back a child to the latter’s home after Christmas Carole. The boy and his family were Hindus but had converted to Christianity. It is reported that the attackers had been irked by the conversion, which provoked them to attack the priest.

A Terrorist Attack at an Indonesian Church Has Killed a Toddler and Wounded Three Others

President Joko Widodo has demanded a thorough investigation

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A man formerly convicted of terrorist offenses has been arrested for allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail at a church in Samarinda, in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province, on Sunday morning, killing a toddler and wounding three other children.

The children were playing in the front yard of the Oikumene Church when the suspect, Juhanda, a.k.a. Jo bin Muhammad Aceng, lobbed the bomb, Kompas daily reported. Intan Marbun, said to be 2 or 3 years old, suffered severe burns and died in the early hours of Monday morning. The other three children are between 2 and 3 years old.

The suspect, who on Sunday’s attack wore a black T-shirt that read “Jihad Way of Life,” was sentenced in 2012 to three years and six months in 2012 for his involvement in the “book-bomb” plots in Jakarta a year before. One of the targets was a liberal cultural center called Teater Utan Kayu. He received remission of sentence and was released in July 2014.


Petrol bomb thrown at church in Tumakuru

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A masked man threw a petrol bomb at the main entrance of Tomlinson Church on the premises of Union Christian College near Sira Gate in the city at 4.10 am on Thursday. No major damage was reported, but a portion of the wall beside the doors has turned black.CCTV footage showed the vandal not being able to open the main gate and the smaller gate which were locked. He then threw a lit bottle filled with petrol at the church and fled. Soon, there was a fire at the spot. Anoka, the sexton (who takes care of the church building), came out of his house, which is close by, when he heard a sound.He collected water from a tap on the church premises and poured it over the fire.