Christian pastor stabbed to death in southern India

Posted: Friday, August 04, 2000

HYDERABAD, India (AP) -- Tensions were simmering after attackers stabbed a Christian pastor to death in a southern state where religious rioting has intensified over the past two months.

Police immediately banned gatherings of more than five people to prevent violence after three assailants attacked G. Emmanuel, 64, pastor of the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church

Police detained three persons in connection with the attack last Saturday, Press Trust of India news agency reported.

The killing is the latest in a series of bomb attacks on churches, mosques and Hindu temples in the last two months.

No one has claimed responsibility, but police have blamed most attacks on a fringe Muslim group called Deendar Anjuman. At least 12 members of the little-known group have been arrested in recent days.

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