Martyred pastors beheaded in Ethiopia named as more details of atrocity emerge

2 December 2019

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The two Ethiopian pastors beheaded near Addis Ababa in October have been named as Pastor Isaias, of Full Gospel Church, and Assefa Tesfaye, the pastor of Mekane Yesus Lutheran Church.

A mob of militant rioters descended on the small village of Alemgena, 20 km to the west of the capital, pelting locals with stones and burning homes.


The attackers forced their way into the compounds of the homes of the two pastors, overcoming the men with relentless stoning. Pastor Isaias was beheaded by the militants as he lay prostrate on the ground. Pastor Assefa’s stomach was slashed vertically with a knife before he was beheaded.

The wives and children of each of the pastors fled their homes and escaped unharmed.

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