Date of incident: August 17, 2016
Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance
Attack against: Faith
Area of case: Islamist / Private
An Afghan refugee (31) who converted from Islam to Christianity was attacked by four Muslim Afghans in Maintal near Frankfurt am Main. They shouted “Allahu Akbar” and said that they were going to kill him.
The attack took place in the evening in front of the Christian's home. The Muslim refugees lay in wait for their victim and when he arrived, they attacked by hitting and kicking him. According to reports, they shouted “Allahu Akbar” and as the victim tried to get away someone drew a knife and another yelled “kill him!”
The police arrived soon after and caught three of the offenders. One of the men was able to escape. The Afghan Christian was badly bruised, particularly on his shoulders, forearms, and face, and had to be treated in a hospital.
The victim also is a regular attendee of the “Frei evangelische Gemeinde Hanau” (the Free Evangelical Community in Hanau) and works as a volunteer translator in the nearby refugee accommodation. It was the third attack targeted against him.
Benjamin Dauth a volunteer of the Frei evangelische Gemeinde Hanau said: “Whoever, as a convert, speaks openly about his beliefs among Muslims and does not hide his cross, is not safe -- even in Germany.” Dauth also said that the Christian Afghan had been warned by other Christian converts before the attacks, and it appears that the attack in this case had been previously planned.