A court on the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, ruled on Thursday (July 20) that a church cannot continue constructing a worship building it has tried to finish for eight years, sources said.
Islamists on the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar off Tanzania's coast have driven a local pastor into hiding after taking over his church's rented hall.
A bomb exploded at the main entrance of Christ Church Cathedral in Zanzibar's Stone Town last week. According to Christianity Today, eyewitnesses said the bomb was detonated remotely.
Claiming Christians don't belong in Zanzibar, extremists threw acid on a 60-year-old Catholic priest Friday, according to Morning Star News.
Tanzania, whose population is almost entirely Muslim, has seen a sharp rise in the persecution of Christians, especially on Zanzibar, a small island off Tanzania's east coast where Pastor Dickson's church was attacked on May 26.
Hundreds of Muslims set fire to two churches during protests in Zanzibar last weekend in response to the arrest of senior members of their Islamist movement, police told Reuters.