Attack On Nuns Said To Be First Ever In Bangladesh

A mob of about 60 people armed with machetes, knives and iron rods raided a Catholic convent and beat up its nuns and priest. The attack on the Catholic mission in Rangpur district, 280 kilometers (about 174 miles) northwest of Bangladesh’s capital city, Dhaka, was said to be the first attack of this kind in the country, according to the Bishop of the local diocese Dinajpur, Sebastian Tudu: “It’s unprecedented because nuns are highly respected in Bangladesh. The attack is obviously a targeted and planned attempt at intimidation.” The July 7 attack including attempted rape and looting began around 2 a.m. and lasted for nearly two hours; consequently, the incident led to multiple protests by thousands of Christians across the country.

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