The Killing of Christian Religious Leaders in Tanzania
Its sad hearing these Religious clashes in my country, its disgusting, its heartbreaking and it brings tears to my eyes, Tanzania..have we come to this? Is this where our country is headed the oh so peaceful Tanzania? What I dont understand is how killing a priest helps solve anyones frustrations. Last year churches were burned, this year priests are being murdered in broad daylight, looks to me like someone is trying to spark a reaction, but all we ask for is peace.
Priest Shot Dead In Zanzibar; Pastor Beheaded On Mainland
ZANZIBAR, TANZANIAAwas shot dead Sunday, February 17, on his way to church in Tanzania's semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar, just days after a pastor was beheaded by suspected Muslim extremists on the mainland, and Christians said.
"Father Evarist Mushi was blocked by two young men at the entrance of the church" in Zanzibar City, the capital, where "one of the attackers shot him in the head," said the island's police spokesman Mhina in published remarks.
It was the second such attack on the Muslim-majority island of 1.2 million people in recent months. On Christmas Day, gunmen shot and seriously wounded a Catholic priest as he returned home from church.
Police did not know whether both attacks were related, but local Christians said there has been a rise in Islamic attacks against individual believers and churches.
Pastor Mathayo Kachili was reportedly beheaded Monday, February 11,by what witnesses called a mob of Muslim extremists and "radicals".
Police commander Denis Stephano told reporters that the killing in Buseresere town was sparked by tensions over whether Christians were allowed to open and operate butcheries in the area.
In a reaction, rights group International Christian Concern (ICC) suggested that that this was part of a wider Islamic campaign against Christians in East Africa.