Gunmen murder Protestant minister in Pakistan

Posted: Friday, January 16, 2004

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) Gunmen shot and killed a Protestant clergyman at a railway station last week in a central city of Pakistan, police said.

Mukhtar Masih was minister of the Church of God in Khanewal, 30 miles west of Multan. He had planned to travel to Lahore and his body was discovered in Khanewal's rail station.

''It seems that it an act of terrorism, but we are still investigating,'' a police official told The Associated Press by phone. There was no indication who the killers were and no one claimed responsibility.

Isolated attacks against the 3 percent of Pakistanis who are not Muslims have increased since the regime allied with the United States' war on terrorism. Suspected militants murdered 16 worshippers at a church in 2001 and last July unknown gunmen killed a Christian clergyman in a remote village.

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