Update December 13, 2015

Dhaka 6-42 am, 27-October, 2020

Priest in Lalmonirhat threatened

Sumel Sarker

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Priest in Lalmonirhat threatened

13 December 2015, Nirapad News: A priest in a Lalmonirhat church has been threatened with death reportedly in a letter sent by militant group Islamic State’s ‘Bangladesh branch’.

This comes after suspected extremists similarly threatened several other members of the clergy in Dinajpur and Rangpur.

Tapan Kumar Barman, priest of ‘Church of God’ mission in Lalmonirhat, filed a general diary at Sadar Police Station on Saturday night, said Sub-Inspector Alamgir Hossain.

He said Barman received the letter on Thursday night. The sender’s name on the envelop read ‘IS Bangladesh Branch Commander’.

The letter said, “The IS commander in Syria has written to us seeking your head. Your head will be sent to Syria as a gift very soon.”

It also asked Barman to say farewell to his family by December 20.

The letter also threatened to ‘very soon’ kill the others who preach Christianity in the district.

It added, “We’re the ones who exploded bombs at Kantajeu Temple. We’ll show our power in time.”

In Pabna, Father Luke Sarkar was knifed in his church on October 5. He is still recovering from his injuries.

Italian priest Piero Parolari in Dinajpur was injured when motorcycle-riding unidentified assailants fired on him last month.

A week later, Father Carlos Babu Totyo of a Catholic church at the same district’s Birganj had received a death threat in a text message on his phone.

On November 25, 10 priests working in various churches in Rangpur received death threats through post.

Of the attacks, the IS had reportedly claimed credit for the one on Parolari, but police suspect banned outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) was behind all of them.

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