Bangladeshi police watch as Muslim mob seizes Christian home

A mob of around 100 Muslims forced a Christian family from their home in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, on 14 October, while the police stood by and watched.

“They wanted to shoot me,” said Tapon Cruze. “They told us that they would kill us if we had opposed the expropriation of our house.”

It was a Muslim man, Azijulla, who attacked and forced the family from their three room home. “He asked for money in exchange for our property,” said Tapon Cruze. “They are cheating us.”

“We lost our possessions, money, and we’re out of the house,” he said. Police accompanied the mob and did nothing to stop them from seizing the home of the Christian family.

Christians form a tiny minority of the Bangladeshi population that is around 90% Muslim. Nirmal Rozario, general secretary of the Bangladesh Christian Association, called the attack “a grave injustice against the Christian community.”

Earlier this month, a Bangladeshi pastor survived a knife attack in his own home when three men pretending they wanted to learn about Christianity suddenly attacked him and attempted to slit his throat. His shouts prompted his wife and neighbours to come to his rescue, and the men fled.

Violent attacks have increased in recent months, and Islamic State militants claim to have been behind the murders of two foreign Christians in September and October.

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