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February 6, 2014
ZANZIBAR CITY, Tanzania — More than 100 Muslim extremists on Tanzania’s semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar stormed a church following an evening worship service Jan. 11 and beat a visiting preacher, sources said.
The mob, including suspected members of Islamic extremist groups, meant to attack the Pentecostal Evangelism Fellowship of Africa congregation’s senior pastor, Daniel Kwilemba. He was not present at the church site in Kisauni village, outside Zanzibar City.
Instead they found William Saidi of the Free Pentecostal Church in Tanzania in Dar es Salaam.
“These rowdy Muslims were shouting and yelling, saying, ‘We are looking for the bishop of the church to slaughter him — we are tired of the existence of this church near our mosque and the noise they are making,’” a church elder said.
The mob fled when police arrived and rescued the pastor after he had suffered multiple contusions, sources said.
Since the attack, the Muslim extremists have been issuing threats that the church should leave the area.
A church member added that the congregation has been living in fear for their lives.