Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Christian abducted, beheaded by militants

Leader had been targeted in earlier gun battle

Posted: April 17, 2007

A 33-year-old Christian who was unsuccessfully targeted for death in an earlier gun battle now has been found dead after he disappeared while doing his job as a lineman for a power distribution company, according to ministry leaders in India.

Manzoor Ahmad Chat had been seen last shortly after he left on a scooter to take care of his responsibilities for the Power Development Department in the Kakapora district, according to reports from Salem Voice Ministries, which works to spread the Gospel throughout India and other third world nations, focusing on the Muslim community.

"While he was going he met two believers and reminded them about the prayer meetings. But on the way he [was] kidnapped by the militants," the report said.

His headless body was found a day later, with his head found close to a nearby mosque, according to the ministry.......

Just a week ago, confirmation came from Christian Solidarity Worldwide that three militant Islamists were given prison sentences of up to 20 years for the beheadings of three Christian schoolgirls in 2005 in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.

"We are pleased that justice has finally prevailed following the brutal attack on the three schoolgirls in 2005," said Mervyn Thomas, president of CSW.

The schoolgirls were attacked while on their way to school and three were killed. A fourth, Noviana Malewa, was slashed horribly on her neck and face but managed to flee the area and survive.

The militants put the heads of the three girls in plastic bags and dumped them in nearby villages with notes stating, "We still need another 100 heads. Blood for blood, a life for life and a head for a head." Whole Story.....

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