KAMPALA, Uganda — An evangelist was killed in Uganda following an event in which many Muslims put their faith in Jesus.
Philip Bere, 33, was beaten to death Sept. 6 near Katiryo in Kibuku District, reported Morning Star News. At the time of the attack by Muslim extremists, Bere was returning to Katiryo by bicycle from an evangelistic event in Kituuti town.
Also ambushed was Mudenya Sirasi, who accompanied Bere on the journey and had helped with the evangelistic event. Sirasi was able to escape the attack and hide in a tunnel.
“One of the attackers hit him with a big stone, and he bled to death,” Sirasi said of Bere.
The pastor of Bere’s church said police are searching for the assailants.
Morning Star reported that Bere was known for his ministry to Muslims in parts of eastern Uganda.
Approximately 12% of Uganda’s population is Muslim. Uganda’s constitution and laws allow for freedom of religion, including converting from one faith to another. However, Christian churches increasingly have received threats of violence, and some Christian converts have been attacked, killed or excommunicated by Muslim family members, the World Atlas reports.