Even though persecution against Christians in Bangladesh is on the rise, so is the number of Muslims converting to Christianity in the south Asian nation.
Just as in other countries where the population is dominated by a Muslim majority government, Christians in Bangladesh are at risk of being killed or persecuted because of their faith in Jesus Christ.
But while nearly 90 percent of Bangladesh's population of 165 million people is Muslim, Christianity is gaining traction. more >>
A Roman Catholic bishop in Bangladesh said that the failure of families to raise up their children with morals, along with Islamic brainwashing schools that target students, are key reasons for the rise of radical Islamic terror.
"Parents do not care about children: there is a failure of the family. They have given them only money and good life without taking care of their education, ideas, mentality. They have exposed them to the ideological propaganda that promised them to become heroes or have Heaven, by killing. There is a generation gap," His Exc. Mgr. Gervas Rozario, Bishop of Rajshahi, told Fides News Agency in an interview.
"And we cannot forget the issue of madrasas (the free Koranic schools) where young people are brainwashed, training them to radical ideas. This is really a national problem," he added. more >>
Bangladeshi Islamist terrorists, who held hostages at a cafe in the national capital of Dhaka Friday through Saturday, spared and provided meals to those who were able to recite a verse from the Quran, but hacked to death the other 20 hostages, who were mostly foreigners and included a U.S. citizen, according to the father of a Muslim survivor.
"The gunmen were doing a background check on religion by asking everyone to recite from the Quran. Those who could recite a verse or two were spared. The others were tortured," Rezaul Karim, father of Hasnat Karim who was held hostage inside the Holey Artisan Bakery along with others, told The Daily Star.
The survivor, his wife Sharmin Karim, 13-year-old daughter Safa and eight-year-old Rayan were at the Spanish restaurant in Dhaka's diplomatic zone to celebrate Safa's birthday. They were among the 13 hostages who were freed in a joint-rescue operation by the military, paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh, police and elite force Rapid Action Battalion. more >>
DHAKA – Islamist militants shouting "Allahu Akbar" attacked an upscale cafe in the Bangladeshi capital, killing 20 foreigners inside, before police stormed the building on Saturday and rescued 13 hostages, officials said.
The attack, claimed by Islamic State, marks a major escalation in a campaign by militants over the past 18 months that had targeted mostly individuals advocating a secular or liberal lifestyle in mostly Muslim Bangladesh.
Six gunmen were killed during the police operation and one was captured, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in a TV broadcast. more >>
DHAKA — Six gunmen were killed and 13 hostages, including three foreigners, were rescued on Saturday during a police operation inside a Dhaka restaurant that came under attack, Indian television channel Times Now reported.
Gunmen attacked the upscale cafe in the diplomatic area of Dhaka late on Friday and had been holding about 20 hostages, including foreigners, before police poured into the building to try to free those stuck inside. At least two police were killed, authorities said.
Security officials said two police officers had been killed, but denied a report by Islamic State that 24 people were dead in the assault. more >>
Authorities in Bangladesh arrested more than 5,000 people over the weekend in connection to Islamic terror, seeking to stand up to the growing wave of attacks against minorities, including Christians and atheists, in the South Asian country.
The Telegraph reported that a number of those arrested in police raids are known Islamic militants who have organized a series of attacks on minority communities in the past year.
The murder of the wife of a police superintendent who had been investigating such attacks is believed to have prompted the large-scale response, which also led to shootouts with some of the militants, in which five suspected terrorists were killed. more >>