Mob interrupts worship service; attacks place of worship

September 09, 2018 

While the Sunday worship service was ongoing, at approximately 10:45 a.m., a mob of around 100 individuals from the adjacent villages surrounded the place of worship. They damaged a window, two motorcycles parked outside, and removed religious symbols hanging on the front door. Some of them forcibly entered the premises and threatened the pastor and his family with death and demanded they stop gathering people for worship activities and leave the village. They spoke to the women in the congregation in obscene language and demanded the pastor send the congregants away. A Buddhist monk then arrived and reiterated the mob’s demands and further escalated the tension by claiming to have previously warned the pastor.