World news – Vietnam: pastor attacked

Thugs said to be doing the bidding of local authorities attacked a pastor and his family with iron bars and wooden clubs on October 23, seriously injuring the church leader’s father and other relatives.

Twice on the same Sunday that local authorities disrupted a house church service in Phu Quy village near Tam Ky, Quang Nam Province, a gang of about 20 attacked the father, brother and other family members of pastor Thien An, who was locked in a secure room as his family believed the gang sought to kill him. Police had visited his home the week prior to ‘investigate’ the house church, whose application for registration authorities have twice denied.

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