Pastor in Uganda Ambushed and Killed by Suspected Islamists After Radio Broadcast

A church bell hangs from a tree brunch outside a catholic church and a school in Odek village, north of Uganda capital Kampala, February 14, 2015. | (Photo: Reuters/James Akena)

A Christian pastor was reportedly killed in northern Uganda at the end of October after he compared Christianity and Islam during his radio broadcast.

Pastor David Omara, the father of eight and pastor of Christian Church Center, was beaten and strangled around 9 p.m. on Oct. 31 after finishing a broadcast in the town of Aduku, according to his son, Simon Okut.

Okut spoke with Morning Star News, a nonprofit that regularly reports on global Christian persecution. He explained that after his father finished preaching, he was reached on the telephone by someone who voiced appreciation for his preaching and requested that the pastor meet him and some of his friends.

Okut said he and his father left the radio station and went to a meet-up location.

“As we arrived at the said place, there came out of the bush six people dressed in Islamic attire, and they started strangling and beating my father with blunt objects,” the son was quoted as saying.

Okut went on to say that one of the assailants told his father that he “ought to die for using the Quran and saying Allah is not God but an evil god collaborating with satanic powers.”

“As they were hitting my father with blunt objects and strangling him, I fled to save my life,” he added. “Two attackers ran after me but could not get hold of me.”

According to the outlet, the pastor is survived by his wife and eight children, who range from 10 to 30 years old.

One church leader in the area told Morning Star News that the community needs prayer and financial support for the pastor’s family.

The pastor was reportedly buried last Wednesday.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith

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