On Monday, I reported that a Protestant pastor had been killed on February 11 in Tanzania, a week before the Catholic priest Father Evarist Mushi was shot dead outside Zanzibar’s St. Joseph’s Cathedral just before Sunday Mass on February 17 by assailants with a group calling itself “Muslim Renewal.” I have now confirmed that the correct name of the Protestant pastor is Mathayo Kachili, and that he was pastor of the Pentecostal Assemblies of God church in Buseresere, Tanzania, an affiliate of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. The Assemblies of God News reports that Pastor Kachili was beheaded when a group of religious extremists attacked Christians at the church on Monday, February 11. “Escalating hostility and violence toward Christians in various places in Africa causes us grave concern for our brothers and sisters, and especially for our pastors,” commented Mike McClaflin, AG World Missions regional director for Africa. According to other Christian sources, the beheading occurred when a gang wielding machetes and other weapons attacked several local Christians, including the pastor, after some of them had slaughtered meat without complying with sharia slaughter practices.
— Nina Shea is director of Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom and co-author of Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians (Thomas Nelson Publishers, March 2013).