Three churches set ablaze in Tanzania

Three churches were set on fire on Tuesday (22 September) in Bukoba, the capital of Tanzania’s north-western Kagera region, a local Christian leader told Barnabas.

Police Commissioner Augustine confirmed that one church was burned in Buyekera and two more were set on fire in Kibeta. Officials are investigating the fires, he said.

In April, a senior church leader reported that seven churches had been set on fire in Bukoba; one pastor was killed and a youth minister has been seriously injured.

Although Christians and Muslims traditionally lived together in peace, in the past few years tensions have been high. Muslims have attacked Christians for slaughtering their own animals not in accordance with halal regulations despite the fact that there is no law restricting people from keeping and butchering their livestock.

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