Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Four Christians Murderd in Colombia

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
Twenty-five armed men entered a rural church in northern Colombia last week and murdered its 80-year-old evangelical pastor and three other believers, confirmed the head of the nation's evangelical alliance. Hector Pardo, head of the Colombian evangelical alliance CEDECOL, told Compass that he had not been able to confirm details of the murders or a motive for them. The Cali newspaper El Pais reported that armed men called the victims by name and attacked them in the doorway of the church in front of other parishioners. El Pais, citing police sources, said that the men slashed the throats of two victims with a knife and shot two others with rifles, then fled into a wooded area. No group has claimed responsibility, reported El Pais, but Pardo said that paramilitaries are believed to be responsible. CEDECOL issued a statement calling for armed groups to respect life, expressing its concern for the recent turn of events.

"[CEDECOL] asks Colombians to respond by seeking God, His wisdom and direction, while holding a firm hope in a peaceful solution to the wave of violence that is shaking the country," the statement read. (From Compass)

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