KAMPALA, Uganda — Angry Muslims ambushed two Christians, killing one, after eight Muslims put their faith in Christ during an open-air debate.
Assailants attacked an assistant pastor, Ambrose Mugisha, and Robert Bwenje following the July 6 debate on Christianity and Islam in Sirimula village in Kyankwanzi District. Morning Star News reported passersby found the two who were taken to a clinic. Bwenje died July 10, a source said.
Police arrested one assailant.
Mugisha’s church in Nyamiringa village in Kiboga District had sent him to Sirimula to establish a church. The debate was part of the congregation’s outreach.
In Rwomuriro village in Kiboga District, Muslim extremists attacked Pastor Baingana James on June 26 and his church building was destroyed, Morning Star reported.
James had received threats to stop converting Muslims to Christianity and to close the church.
Approximately 12% of Uganda’s population is Muslim. The country’s constitution and laws allow for freedom of religion, including converting from one faith to another, but Christian churches increasingly have received threats of violence, and some Christian converts have been attacked, killed or excommunicated by Muslim family members, World Atlas reported.