Two separate attacks by Islamists in Uganda have taken the lives of a minister, his son, and another young boy.
In the first attack, the Muslim relatives of a former sheikh named Emmanuel Hamuzah met with the Christian convert of two years to encourage him to renounce Christ. When he refused, Hamuzah's brothers, sisters, and uncle attacked both Hamuzah and his 6-year-old son, Ibrahim Mohammad.
While Hamuzah survived, his relatives stepped on the young boy's neck, suffocating him. Even though neighbors chased off his attacking family members, there was not enough time for him to get Mohammad to a hospital.
Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the country, Christian pastor Wilson Niwamanya and his 12-year-old son, Simon Peter Bizimaana, were delivering Christian literature when they were attacked. Four Muslim radicals confronted Niwamanya and the 12-year-old as they were traveling on motorcycles.
"When the four attackers emerged from the bush, they immediately caught hold of Pastor Niwamanya, saying, ‘This man must die for disrespecting our religion,'" a local Christian worker reported as an eyewitness to the events. "The attackers began by beating them with blunt objects and thereafter used the sword and stabbed the young boy in the stomach. He died while the pastor and I tried to wrestle the attackers."
Bizimaana died at the scene and Niwamanya eventually died as a result of head injuries incurred during the attack. His wife, Bizimaana's mother, reported that the pastor had been receiving regular harassing messages from local Muslims furious with him for handing out Christian texts.