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Islamic Gunmen Kill Tourists They Believed To Be Christians

by | Sat, Oct 28 2023

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Islamic extremists have fatally shot two honeymooning tourists and their Christian guide at a famous safari park in western Uganda. The gunmen had accused Briton David Barlow and his new South African wife Emmaretia Geyer of supporting Christians in Uganda.

Ugandan authorities say the couple from Berkshire in the UK was on a visit to see gorillas and other wildlife at the Queen Elizabeth National Park when they were killed in an attack by the members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF)

An area resident who witnessed that attack told Morning Star News (MSN) that she heard the sound of bullets and hid. When the Muslim extremists approached the tourists’ vehicle, the witness claimed they shouted, “We know you are the people who are supporting Christians in Uganda and coming in the name of tourists.” They then fired at the couple and later burned the vehicle, according to the resident.

Their tour guide Eric Alyai was known to take tourists to Christian-owned hotels in Kasese, which helped generate income for the local church, and he also took Christian tourists to churches in Kasese, sources told MSN.  “Many people in Kasese are now mourning for the death of Eric Alyai. He was known for his good work in tourism as well as supporting the work of God in western Uganda,” they added. He is survived by his wife and a small child.

Originally based in western Uganda, the ADF has operated in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s North Kivu Province since the late 1990s. It is considered one of the most dangerous of more than 120 armed groups in the eastern DRC. It is accused of murdering around 40 high school students near Uganda’s DRC border in June.

The attacks on the tourists came just days after police foiled a suspected ADF bomb plot against churches near the capital Kampala where another group of Muslim extremists assaulted a popular street preacher until he was unconscious. Pastor Robert Settimba later told MSN that his attackers were upset that many people had turned to Christ because of his mission outreach

This month’s incidents are the latest in many instances of persecution of Christians in Uganda. Its constitution and other laws provide for religious freedom, including the right to propagate one’s faith and convert from one faith to another. Muslims make up no more than 12% of the population, with high concentrations in eastern areas of the country.