NEW DELHI, INDIA (BosNewsLife)– Suspected Islamic militants have killed two Christian teenagers who were reading the Bible in the disputed Kashmir valley, divided between India and Muslim Pakistan, BosNewsLife established Tuesday, February 8.
The victims were identified as Arifa, 17, and Akthar, 19, the daughters of Gulam Nabi Dar, said local missionary Mercy Ciniraj, who knew them well. The [murdered] girls were believers and used to read the Bible through underground ministries.
She told BosNewsLife that the girls were shot dead last Monday, January 31, in the Baramulla area in Indian-controlled northern Kashmir, bordering Pakistan.
They were brutally murdered by at least three fighters of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan based Islamic militant terrorist group, she explained. Local police reportedly said in statements that they found two bodies near their home and that militants were to blame.
Lashkar-e-Taiba, or the ‘Army of the Righteous’, seeks to introduce an Islamic state in South Asia and to liberate Muslims in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
India has identified the group as the alleged masterminds behind the the 2008 terror attack on the Indian financial capital of Mumbai that killed 166 people.
The killings of Arifa and Akthar show that militant attacks also include targetting devoted minority Christians, Ciniraj suggested.
The girls’ involvement in Bible reading was among several projects of mission group Salem Voice Ministries (SVM), which supports evangelism and aid among Muslims and Hindus in India, including through underground house churches in Muslim-majority Kashmir.
BELIEVERS IN FEAR
After last week’s killings, however, local believers are totally in fear, added Ciniraj, who founded SVM with her husband, Indian pastor Paul Ciniraj, a former Muslim.
The January 31 attack was believed to be the first incident of civilian killings by militants in the Kashmir valley, this year. The violence also added to other difficulties of Christians in Kashmir valley, as they suffered of diseases, explained Mercey Ciniraj to BosNewsLife.
Since the last one and half months we all are fed up with different types of sickness. Few days we suffered with reddish eyes one by one [and] after that we were attacked with viral fever too, she said, adding that local believers asked for prayers.
Despite their concerns, local Christian workers plan to continue preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ who they believe gives eternal life to everyone who believes in Him, Ciniray stressed. By God’s grace now we recovered [of illnesses] and are fully active with the underground church ministries and reaching the Gospel at any cost who never have a chance to hear it.
It becomes very tiring to hear the contrived excuses made for a religion that expressly defines the death of nonMuslims. Any rational person knows these kinds of acts by a small fraction of a religious view do not reflect on the entire religion. BUT…you will NOT witness these so called ":moderates": issuing condemnation, demanding arrest and trial of these fringe believers. THAT’S the major difference. Christianity, in any form, does not have a religious based on forced expansion and death for refusal to convert. I suppose those ":leaked": video’s of Muslims dancing in the streets after 9/11 were ALL fringe, right.
Answer: Imagine what will happen in this country, when these ":moderate": Muslims get Sharia Law ":recognized":. And they have 4 law suits in the courts right now to do just that.
There is a lot of turmoil in India, especially between Muslims and Hindus. I wouldn’t be surprised if Christians were caught in the crossfire. Still, very tragic and just goes to show what religious extremism does to countries.
Why do Muslims kill?
That is like asking,Why do snakes bite?
It’s what they are,who they are,what their religion teaches.Anyone who believes the Religion of Peace BS has not been paying attention.
In truth,there is hatred and intolerance as part of nearly every religious dogma.Where Islam differs from others,is that if practiced as written,hatred and intolerance are central tenets of Islam.
We just had a local missionary killed in Mexico. Christians are still proclaiming the faith to the lost and faithless.
Just like our liberal politicians that take Arab money and steal from America. We are being misrepresented by liberals using Arab and Persian money. In the end, the Bible is accurate, those that take the mark of the beast will be licking the toes of muslim extremists
The goal of islam is to kill all non believers, libs just don’t want to face facts.
Not new news. They have been doing this since times in-memorable.
Quran 5:51: Muslims do not take any Jew nor Christians as friends.
( lots of JWs have been killed also just for going door to door in a Muslim country. And in the US Some one beat up his wife for opening the door without her veil.)
I find it insane to think we can live among those that believe that if you don’t embrace their religion, you must be killed.. And the idiots that call it a religion of peace.. Go figure..
it’s forbidden in Islam to bother people from other religions (specially about their religions) even with words never mind killing
he is just a sico murderer
if a Christian killed sumeone (muslim,jew) does that mean that Jesus or the Bible (Christianity)told him to kill him…for example
It must be intersting to still be living in the dark ages. I’m sure they still have dungeons in third worlders zones