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Pastor Mathayo Kachili of an Assemblies of God Church in Tanzania was killed last Monday in a brawl between Christians and Islamic extremists. According to Denis Stephano, the local police commander, tensions between Muslims and Christians in Buseresere, a town located in Tanzania’s Geita Region, had been boiling over for quite some time before the attack. The source of these tensions was whether Christians were allowed to open and operate butcheries in Buseresere. According to All Africa News, Muslim leaders demanded the immediate closure of butcheries owned by Christians.

On the morning of 11 February, Christians delivering meat to the Tanzania Assemblies of God Church were attacked by a gang of youths believed to be Muslim extremists. When Pastor Kachili heard about the attack, he rushed to the scene to intervene. Pastor Kachili was attacked and then beheaded.

When news of the attack spread, Christians in the area rushed to the scene and began attacking the Muslim extremists who were driven away and hid from the Christians in a Mosque before the police were able to intervene. One of the attackers was seriously injured and later died in the ICU unit of a nearby hospital.

Pastor Kachili leaves behind a wife and several children who depended on his salary to make a living. Source: International Christian Concern