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Christian Youth Leader Murdered by Machete in Tanzania

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A Christian youth leader has been murdered in Tanzania and two others seriously injured.

World Watch Monitor reports at about machete-wielding assailants attacked the men during an all-night worship service at Gilgal Christian Worship Center and started cutting them on different parts of their bodies.  The incident occurred on Oct. 22 around 1:00am in an area known as Pasiansi in the Ilemela district of Mwanza province, near Lake Victoria..

The man killed was identified as Elias Lunyamila Meshack, a 35-year-old youth leader. The members of Gilgal Church described him as a good man and said his death has caused great sadness. The bishop of the church said the motive of the attack is unclear, but it was not a robbery.

“I don’t think this was robbery because the aim of robbers is to steal money and other items, yet nothing was stolen here,” Bishop Eliabu Sentozi reportedly said.

The incident comes as the latest in a string of attacks on churches and pastors across East Africa, with two pastors in Kenya killed on the same day. Christians in Tanzania have been victims of Muslim persecution over the past few years.

Several pastors and church members have been killed, while other believers have suffered acid attacks. Churches have been bombed or torched and properties have been destroyed.

VIDEO from April 2013

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