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Nuns attacked at convent in northern Bangladesh

Victims now receiving medical treatment in Dhaka

Nuns attacked at convent in northern Bangladesh

Religious sisters pray during Mass in June (Photo: Daniel Ibanez/CNA)

Last week dozens of armed men broke into a convent in northern Bangladesh, beating a group of nuns at a small mission.

“The attack was massive and lasted about an hour and a half. The attackers brutally beat the nuns … the convent was seriously devastated,” Bishop Sebastian Tudu of Dinajpur told the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, of the attack which took place at the Boldi Pukur mission in the early hours of July 7.

“Only when the police arrived did the attackers leave the mission,” he reported.

The Boldi Pukur mission is located nearly 50 miles east of Dinajpur; its rectory, convent, and hospital were all objects of the attack carried out by between 50 and 60 men.

While Christians have before been attacked in the Muslim-majority nation, this is the first time that nuns have been targeted in particular.

“It's unprecedented because nuns are highly respected in Bangladesh,” Bishop Tudu said.

The nuns are now in Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital, for medical treatment, the bishop said. He added that the rectory's door was broken down, and the mission's pastor was robbed and threatened.

“The attack is obviously a targeted and planned attempt at intimidation. Nuns and priests are being attacked because they stand up for the disadvantaged and minorities,” stated Bishop Tudu.

 

 

Full Story: Women religious attacked in Bangladesh

Source: Catholic News Agency

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