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War over peace?

On a symbolic day of peace and harmony, more than 50 armed men stormed into a Christian church in West Bengal, and threatened the worshippers with death if they were to show any signs of resistance.

Of the more than 1,000 attendees in the special midnight mass on Christmas Eve, 14 people, and the priest himself were injured for resisting. The attackers fled after the police arrived and open fired. Six men have been detained.

Christians are estimated to make up less than 3% of India’s largely Hindu population. The religious violence against Christians in India is said to have increased in recent years, due to over-zealous Hindus that accuse the missionaries of coercing low-caste Hindus and tribal groups.

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