KAMPALA, Uganda — Three Christian tourists were slain and an evangelist beaten unconscious in attacks in Uganda.
A Christian tour guide from Uganda and a married tourist couple were slain Oct. 17 in Queen Elizabeth National Park in the country’s Kasese District, reports Morning Star News. Members of the Islamic-affiliated group Allied Democratic Forces are suspected in the attack.
A witness told Morning Star that the attackers accused the guide and foreign couple of supporting Christians in Uganda and using “tourist” as a cover. The witness said the assailants shot the three and burned the vehicle in which they were traveling.
In a separate event, Robert Settimba, 27, was attacked in the Kawaala area of Kampala on Oct. 10 as he walked home after a time of street preaching.
A witness and other Christians took Settimba to a hospital and he later regained consciousness.
Morning Star states that Settimba is known for preaching to Muslims in Kampala, Kisenyi, Wandegeya and Kawaala.
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.