ISLAMIC extremism is on the rise in Bangladesh as the number of defiant Christians soars.
Some 22 people were killed in a deadly attack on a cafe in Dhaka on July 1 with the Government blaming local homegrown militants despite Islamic State (ISIS) reportedly claiming responsibility.
Local pastors say the attack is the latest in a string of targeted killings which have left Christians and religious minorities fearing for their lives.
The attack took place in Dhaka’s diplomatic zone, Gulshan, causing widespread fear and concern about the rise in Islamic extremism in the country.
A worker for Christian advocacy charity Open Doors said: “Survivors of the attack said the killers made their hostages recite verses from the Koran.
“Those who could were spared, while those unable to were killed.
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