India: Pastor Shot Dead Outside Church

India: Pastor Shot Dead Outside Church
Screen shot of YouTube The Times of India.

Persecution of Christians and violence against them seems to intensify with every passing day. Drive by shooting seems to have had an intended target in India leaving one Christian pastor dead and many mourning. In the latest instance of lethal violence against Christians in India, two masked gunmen on motorcycles shot a Christian pastor to death on Saturday night as he was standing outside the Temple of God church in Punjab state.

Breitbart News reports the 50-year-old Rev. Sultan Masih was standing outside the church talking on his mobile phone around 8:45 on Saturday evening when two armed youths with their faces covered drove by on a motorcycle and fired multiple shots at the pastor from a close range, according to police.Two youths who were playing near the church witnessed the crime, and one said they had seen two men arrive on a motorbike and shoot the pastor.

“We raised the alarm and informed his family. He was taken to the DMC Hospital in a car,” he said.

The pastor sustained a bullet wound to the head and two more to the chest and was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. CCTV cameras installed at the church captured images of the attackers. Authorities have released to local media that no arrest have been made because of the quality of the video is bad and cannot make out their faces or more details. Rev. Masih had been serving at the Temple of God Church for more than two decades and reportedly had no enemies. The pastor also ran a school for poor children inside the church. He is survived by his wife and two children. Below is a YouTube video posted by Daily Post Punjabi about the tragic incident: 


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