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Indian Church torched by a mob of unknown miscreants

A mob of unknown miscreants set fire to a Hyderabad church in Andhra Pradesh state, India on January 22, 2010, reports James Varghese, special correspondent in India for ASSIST News Service.

According to the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), the group of miscreants broke into Gipsy Memorial Church in the early hours of the morning and poured out gallons of kerosene, setting the church on fire.

As the incident took place, Pastor Kumara Nayak (38), the minister of this church who resides nearby, noticed the church caught up in flames, and immediately ran towards the church to try and fight the flames.

In his attempts to extinguish the fire, he received third degree burns all over his body and was admitted to Relief Hospital in Hyderabad.

A complaint has been lodged against the unknown perpetrators at the nearest police station and they are making efforts to catch the culprits.

Pastor S. Kumara Nayak has been in the ministry for the past four years. He is married and blessed with two children.

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