Twelve Churches vandalised and a youth killed on Christmas eve in India

New Delhi, India, Dec.26, 2007 (CINS/CBCI) - A youth was killed, 12 temporary church structures vandalized, many Christian shops destroyed and Christmas Pandal razed in Kandhamal district, Orissa on the eve of Christmas.

As the situation was deteriorating, curfew was imposed in four towns of Orissa.

One Lokhanand, a known fundamentalist political activist of the area, has been warning Christians not to celebrate Christmas in any way.

On Dec. 24, he led a mob of over 100 persons, many of whom were armed with guns and sharp weapons, to attack the Christmas celebrations and prayers taking place in a Pandal set up in the area.

The mob shot at the people, injuring two critically. They destroyed shops and the panda put up for Christmas worship.

There are about 100,000 Christians in the area.

Dr John Dayal, president of the All India Catholic Union has urged the Prime Minster to intervene “urging the Chief Minister and the state authorities to act expeditiously to avert further tragedy.”

Orissa has been a hot bed of communal violence, unleashed by the Hindu extremist forces

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Rome, Itlay,Dec.18,2007 (CINS/CNA).- Thirteen businesses belonging to Christians, as well as the façade of a church, have been attacked by Muslim extremists during the last week in Isna in southern Egypt.

According to Egyptian security officials, at least seven Muslims have been arrested as suspects in the attacks.  The AGI news agency reported that “tensions between the local Christian and Muslim communities increased last Wednesday when a group of Islamic followers surrounded a Christian-owned business and destroyed the windows, probably as an act of revenge.”

AGI also reported that two days earlier, a Muslim man was arrested and then released after he was accused of robbery by a Christian man.

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