Bomb attack on Indian priest, nun
Two major attacks on Christian targets were reported in India last weekend, with three people including a priest and a nun being injured in a bomb attack.
Catholic World News reports that Fr Peter, Sister Saji John, and Mini-- a teacher at the Holy Cross school in the outskirts of Agarthala-- were injured on Saturday evening when bombs were thrown at them by unidentified attackers while they were coming out of the school after Mass in the church inside the school complex.
Though authorities have not identified the potential attackers, more than a dozen Catholic clergy have been killed in the troubled northeastern region in the last decade allegedly by militant groups for the Church's refusal to meet the monetary demands of insurgent groups. The latest victim was Father Tommy Manjaly, principal of a Catholic school near Imphal, who was shot dead by a group of unidentified gunmen in the school campus on 2 February.
Meanwhile, police have arrested three people in connection with a Bible burning and assault on an evangelical prayer meeting in Ranga Reddy district of southern Andhra Pradesh state on Thursday night. The attackers, alleged to be Hindu fundamentalists, pulled down the tent and set fire to bibles. However, following the timely arrival of the police, the group of assaulters numbering over a dozen, fled. Despite the attack, reports say, the prayer meeting continued after the police helped the Christian gathering re-erect the tent.