Christian Arrested, Detained in Algeria

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Christian Arrested, Detained in Algeria


A Christian man, Sofiane, from the Algerian city of Biskra was arrested on Friday by the National Gendarmerie at a checkpoint near Biskra, according to a member of the Protestant church of Algeria (EPA), Open Doors USA reports. Sofiane, married and father of one child, came with a shared taxi from the city of Oran when he was arrested by members of the Gendarmerie. He was taken to Biskra for questioning. Also, according to the source, "the police raided his family home and took his laptop and other personal items." The Christian community in Algeria, including EPA officials, is concerned of the news of the arrest of one of its members and because Sofiane is still in custody. "When Sofiane's wife went to the police station to find out more about her husband, they said that they couldn't give more information," according to the source. Algeria is ranked No. 29 on the 2013 World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians.

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