Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Churches burnt as anti-Christian violence hits eastern India

[Guardian] 3 Sep 2008--Four more churches in eastern India have been burnt after a week of religious violence that has driven thousands of people from their homes and into hiding.

At least 14 people have died in attacks by groups of Hindus, who went on the rampage after a Hindu leader was killed last week.

Reports say more than 60 churches in the state of Orissa have been burnt and around 3,000 homes have been destroyed as mobs tore through mainly Christian villages.

Hindu and Christian leaders have been appealing for calm, but violence spread to new parts of the state over the weekend.

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