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Muslim mob destroys Sudan church compound

2012-04-22 22:14

Khartoum - A Muslim mob has destroyed a church compound in Sudan, the pastor said on Sunday, amid a mood of nationalist fervour after Khartoum said it liberated an oilfield occupied by South Sudan.

Pastor Yousif Matar Kodi said hundreds of people descended on a farm and training compound run by the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church in Khartoum on Saturday morning.

"They burned Bibles and torched the school for training clergy on the farm, as well as the residence of the students," he said.

Three worship halls that served as public churches were also destroyed, Kodi added, blaming the attack on Islamic extremists.

"They are the only people who do such things," Kodi said. "Bulldozers came inside the farm and removed some trees that have been there for 100 years."

Such incidents are extremely rare in Sudan, but Kodi said he thinks it was linked to the government's announcement on Friday that its forces had defeated South Sudanese troops who had occupied the Heglig oilfield for 10 days.

The South said that, rather than being defeated, it had ordered a pull-out.

Either way, news that Sudan had got back its main oilfield sparked one of Khartoum's biggest celebrations in years.

"Allahu Akbar!" (God is greatest) many who took to the streets shouted.

Kodi said the church has owned the land for a century, but local authorities announced one month ago that they wanted it for a garden and playing field.

"Then last Friday the imam of the nearest mosque, in his speech, called the people to go early Saturday and take this land from the church," Kodi said.

Imams throughout the city last Friday described the effort to free Heglig as a holy war, according to witnesses.

The rhetoric of Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, who called for the overthrow of the "insect" government in the South, sparked concern in Washington.

A lawyer for the church, Abdelmoneim Adam, said he has asked for a police investigation into the church attack.

Kodi said his church, one of the largest in Sudan, had attracted many ethnic South Sudanese.

But as with other Christian denominations, most of his followers have returned South since it became independent last July.

Comments
  • zaatheist - 2012-04-23 04:18

    .... and I am sure that. The allah god would have approved of this action; The Christian muppet god did nothing to protect his flock or his property.

      Jakes - 2012-04-23 05:31

      You, who believe in nothing - please keep quiet. Coming from you, it would make wonderful sense!

      Jakes - 2012-04-23 05:31

      You, who believe in nothing - please keep quiet. Coming from you, it would make wonderful sense!

      zaatheist - 2012-04-23 07:33

      @Jakes Sorry Jakes. I am not going to STFU because you say so. Obviously you recognise the fragile construct of your faith and feel very insecure when we point out just how nonsensical and useless your religion is. Here. Let me let you in on a special secret. Just you and me. Ok? Santa does not exist. The Tooth Fairy is not real. And god is also just a made up boogyman myth to frighten children.

      zaatheist - 2012-04-23 07:33

      @Jakes Sorry Jakes. I am not going to STFU because you say so. Obviously you recognise the fragile construct of your faith and feel very insecure when we point out just how nonsensical and useless your religion is. Here. Let me let you in on a special secret. Just you and me. Ok? Santa does not exist. The Tooth Fairy is not real. And god is also just a made up boogyman myth to frighten children.

      Robert - 2012-04-23 10:59

      "zaatheist" you really do have a problem. I will pray for you. You need an encounter with my Lord and Saviour. He will remove all your bitterness. All you need to do is to repent and accept His Grace and forgiveness.

      Robert - 2012-04-23 10:59

      "zaatheist" you really do have a problem. I will pray for you. You need an encounter with my Lord and Saviour. He will remove all your bitterness. All you need to do is to repent and accept His Grace and forgiveness.

  • seymore.butt - 2012-04-23 07:25

    And then the muslims around the world wonder why rest of the world considers their religion to be synonymous with terrorism. Btw...I am neither a muslim nor a christian.

      zaatheist - 2012-04-23 09:38

      ........... and a deathly silence from Muslim leaders and organisations around the world who are quick to shout and scream about Amerika and Israel.

      zaatheist - 2012-04-23 09:38

      ........... and a deathly silence from Muslim leaders and organisations around the world who are quick to shout and scream about Amerika and Israel.

      Sydney - 2012-04-23 10:46

      The same way that the Catholic church dodges the whole child-rape issue.

      Sydney - 2012-04-23 10:46

      The same way that the Catholic church dodges the whole child-rape issue.

  • Henry - 2012-04-23 07:44

    Yes, yes, we see now. "Other people of the book's" religious places are not sacred too muslims. Maybe Temple mount should be cleared as well,so Solomons Temple can be rebuilt,or perhaps the blue mosque should be cleared out and the Cathedral of Hague Sofia be reconsecrated.

      zaatheist - 2012-04-23 08:30

      You sky daddy believing bigots always want to drum up another religious war.

      zaatheist - 2012-04-23 08:30

      You sky daddy believing bigots always want to drum up another religious war.

      Henry - 2012-04-23 09:05

      Also atheist zaath , just hate muslim bigotry , okay for them to conquer your lands but heaven forbid you want it back. You can convert to islam, but you get killed if you change your mind....

      Henry - 2012-04-23 09:05

      Also atheist zaath , just hate muslim bigotry , okay for them to conquer your lands but heaven forbid you want it back. You can convert to islam, but you get killed if you change your mind....

      zaatheist - 2012-04-23 09:10

      @Henry Who wants whose lands back?

      zaatheist - 2012-04-23 09:10

      @Henry Who wants whose lands back?

  • winston.mullany - 2012-04-23 07:49

    "I'm Muslim lets destroy things"

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