Misguided Youths Injure Pastor, Burn Shops In Bauchi Over Alleged Blasphemy

Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting

Some misguided religious fanatics have fatally injured a pastor and set on fire shops belonging to Christians in Katangan Warji, headquarters of Warji Local Government Area in Bauchi, Bauchi State of Nigeria over an alleged blasphemy.

The incident, second in one week in the North, occured on Friday with reports filtered saying the rampage was ignited by a possibly false alarm raised on the social media alleging that a Christian youth had blasphemed against Islam.

Stonix News reports that the circulated alarm is similar to the one raised against late Miss Deborah Yakubu who was brutally murdered and roasted by her classmates at Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, last week.

A source told Tribune Online, “We were at home Friday evening when we heard shouts from Muslim youths in their hundreds wanting to attack the ECWA church but Christian youths and others resisted and repelled them, but after they had already set the shops attached to the church on fire.

“In the process, one of the pastors of the ECWA Church was seriously wounded.

“As I am speaking to you, efforts are on to save his life as he lost much blood due to the injuries inflicted on him.”

Another source told Tribune Online that it was one of the youths, who recently got converted from Christianity to Islam, who allegedly raised the alarm of an alleged blasphemy by a Christian lady and led other Muslim youths in search of her.

One of the leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state confirmed the tensed situation.

He called on the Christian community in the state not to allow the situation to degenerate, while protecting themselves from the attackers.

He assured that security operatives were doing everything possible to safeguard lives and properties.

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