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Uganda: Youth Pastor Killed in Muslim Extremist Attack on Church

Christians make up around 85% of Uganda’s population. There is a tiny minority of around 35,000 Orthodox Christians in that nation. Converts to Christianity and Christians who proselytize are often targeted and harassed, or worse, as we see in the attack on Bishop Amon Sadiiki. 

For previous coverage of Christian persecution in Uganda, see here.

“Youth Pastor Killed in Muslim Extremist Attack on Church,” Morning Star News, June 3, 2022:

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – A youth pastor in Uganda died on May 26 from an axe blow to the head sustained during an Islamic extremist attack on a church on May 20, sources said.

Emmanuel Mugabi sustained deep cuts on his leg and head and lost consciousness in the attack, said Bishop Sserugga John Assaph of Bukomero Miracle Center Church in Bukomero, Kiboga District, about 75 miles northwest of Kampala.

Mugabi succumbed to a blood clot from the head injuries after a week of treatment. He was 32.

After the church organized an evangelistic event and distributed Bibles in the predominantly Muslim area last month, village resident Sheikh Musa Lwanga on May 20 helped lead a Muslim mob brandishing swords, axes and sticks who attacked the church building at 5 p.m. shouting the jihadist slogan, “Allah akbar [God is greater],” Assaph said.

“They pulled down the building while shouting ‘Allah akbar’ and thereafter set it on fire with petrol and rubber on timber, burning ironsheets, chairs, Bibles and other church property,” Assaph told Morning Star News.

He called police who soon arrived as the Muslim extremists fled, he said. Immediately officers heard a loud wailing and screaming from the church building’s storage area.

“The rescue team found a man in a pool of blood,” Assaph told Morning Star News. “The police called me to identify the victim, and I found that he was my youth pastor.”…

Assaph and Associate Pastor Ivan Serunjoji sustained injuries when they were attacked by Muslim extremists while returning from the burial of Mugabi’s body on Sunday (May 29), the bishop said….

Bukomero is a predominantly Muslim community with four large mosques.

“The Muslims are very hostile to any new religion that comes into the community,” Assaph said….

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