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    » 12/18/2015, 00.00

    BANGLADESH

    One of Fr. Piero Parolari's attackers confesses

    Sumon Corraya

    Sariful Islam is a member of the Islamist group Jamaat-ul-Mujiahideen, banned by the local government. In addition to the ambush of the missionary of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, he also confessed the attack on a Hindu temple. Authorities meet Christian leaders and ensure maximum safety for the Christmas celebrations.

    Dhaka (AsiaNews) - Sariful Islam, a member of the Islamist group Jamaat-ul-Mujiahideen, yesterday confessed to having organized and personally carried out the attack on Fr. Piero Parolari a missionary priest with the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, on 18 November in Dinajpur. Deputy police inspector Bazlur Rashid confirms the confession: "Islam also carried out an attack on a Hindu temple in the country”.

    The Jamaat-ul-Mujiahideen was established in 1998. The local government officially banned it in February of 2015, after a series of attacks carried out against some NGOs. After several months of silence, the group returned to the forefront again in August of 2015 with hundreds of attacks in more than 300 different locations around the Bangladesh.

    Fr. Parolari, 64, is a doctor and missionary priest who worked  in Suihari parish. He had been in Bangladesh since 1985, where he worked at the St. Vincent hospital. The ambush was carried out by three armed men on a motorcycle, who shot him on his way  to the hospital.

    The ambush of the PIME priest confirms a tense atmosphere in the country, where in recent weeks dozens of Catholics and Protestants have received death threats.

    The authorities are still committed to ensuring the safety of the Christian community during the holiday season. Yesterday the Catholic leaders and the various Christian denominations met at the Metropolitan Commissioner of Dhaka for talks with top police officials. Nirmal Rozario, attended the meeting, told AsiaNews: "We received great reassurance for Christmas celebrations".

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    30/11/2015 ITALY – BANGLADESH
    Fr Piero Parolari is back in Italy, out of danger, but in need of a lengthy treatment
    Extremists attacked the missionary with the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions on 18 November. Admitted this morning to Rome’s Bambin Gesù Hospital, he will required long-term care.

    26/11/2015 BANGLADESH
    Recuperating fast, Fr Piero soon to return to Italy
    Three unknown assailants attacked Fr Piero Parolari. As his health improves, he can speak without difficulty and can walk. Doctors have reduced his drug dosage. He will soon be transferred to Rome’s Bambino Gesù Hospital to recuperate. Christian groups organise a human chain in Dinajpur.

    21/11/2015 BANGLADESH
    Bangladeshi Christians, Muslims and Hindus demand justice for Fr Parolari
    Some 200 people take part in a protest in Dhaka, calling on the government to find those responsible for the attack against the PIME missionary. For Hindu lawyer, “It is a shame for us to be Bangladeshi,” unable to defend those who dedicate themselves to doing good. Ten Protestant clergymen receive death threat via text messages. “Only five days are left,” says one them.

    18/11/2015 BANGLADESH
    Dinajpur: attackers “wanted to kill” PIME missionary, but his life is not in danger
    Three still unknown attackers seriously wounded Fr Piero Parolari. Police took into custody ten members of an Islamic fundamentalist party. Ruling and opposition parties blame each other. Source pins the incident on “the country’s disastrous political situation”. After the Tavella murder, the government had promised greater security.

    07/09/2015 BANGLADESH
    Bangladeshi tribal becomes PIME missionary: The first in history
    Fr. Dominic Monto Hasda was ordained a priest on August 7. In January, he will leave for Papua New Guinea. His parents converted by PIME missionary fathers, and as a child, Dominic dreamed of "being like them, humble and loving one’s neighbor. I surrendered to Jesus to serve the poor".



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