Dinajpur, Bangladesh, Jul 15, 2014 / 13:03 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Last week dozens of armed men broke into a convent in northern Bangladesh, beating a group of nuns at a small mission.
“The attack was massive and lasted about an hour and a half. The attackers brutally beat the nuns … the convent was seriously devastated,” Bishop Sebastian Tudu of Dinajpur told the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, of the attack which took place at the Boldi Pukur mission in the early hours of July 7.
“Only when the police arrived did the attackers leave the mission,” he reported.
The Boldi Pukur mission is located nearly 50 miles east of Dinajpur; its rectory, convent, and hospital were all objects of the attack carried out by between 50 and 60 men.
While Christians have before been attacked in the Muslim-majority nation, this is the first time that nuns have been targeted in particular.