Bangladesh: over 5,000 Arrested to Protect Christians from Persecution

Amanda Casanova | Contributor | Monday, June 13, 2016

Bangladesh: over 5,000 Arrested to Protect Christians from Persecution

More than 5,000 people were arrested in Bangladesh over the weekend in connection with Islamic terror.

The arrests of the Islamic militants were mostly made in police raids, according to The Christian Post.

It is thought that the police superintendent whose own wife was murdered by militants spearheaded the raids.

About five suspected terrorists were killed during the raids.

"It may take time, but God willing, we will be able to bring them under control," said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

"Where will the criminals hide? Each and every killer will be brought to book."

Shahriar Kabir, the general secretary of the South Asian People's Union Against Fundamentalism and Communalism, said he is happy to see the raids.

"I welcome this special drive. It should have been taken much earlier."

Extremists have been targeting Christians in Bangladesh recently. Last week, a 65-year-old Christian gardener was killed after Sunday prayers.

“He attended Sunday prayers at my church and then went to his grocery store. The next thing we know he was hacked to death. I can't imagine how anyone can kill such an innocent man," said Father Bikash Hubert Rebeiro from the Bonparo Catholic Church.

In April, suspected Islamic radicals killed a university student for speaking out against Islam online.

Publication date: June 13, 2016