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The day after the funeral of his mother had Peter Majeed escape an angry mob who wanted to kill him because of Mohammed film
Peter Majeed is a Norwegian-educated bishop in the Pakistani city Mardar.
He is consecrated in Norway and in the past year studying at Diakon College in Oslo, where he is a master of diakonia.
In recent weeks, he has, however, been at home because of illness.
But the departure coincided with the violent riots in Pakistan after the Islam-critical film "Innocence of the Muslims." Over 23 people were killed Friday in Pakistan. At 16 o'clock, after Friday prayers yesterday, a total of between four and six thousand people in the city, according to Majeed.
There were rumors of an impending attack on the bishop, which meant that he and his family decided to flee.
Built by Norwegian missionaries
It made the wise, for people soon gathered outside the gates of Majeed, who is bishop of the "Northern Diocese Mardan Pakistan."
He was not present himself, but estimates that 2,000 people broke into the walled and well protected site, where several families live.
The mob set fire to the church, his house, school building and offices on the lot and his car and motorcycle.
Everything is destroyed.
The video above shows the start of the attack.
A misfortune never comes alone. Two days earlier, his mother passed away. The day after the funeral came under attack.
- We were in shock. I had lost my mother and was very sad. So we stood a situation between life and death. The children are so scared. They can not sleep and cries all the time. They wonder why they would take us, says Majeed to Aftenposten.no by phone from Pakistan.
The Lutheran church was built by Norwegian and Danish missionaries in 1937.
- Tried to burn the boy (18)
Majeed lives with his wife, his brother and his wife and children. The plot should also a teacher and a pastor with their families. All fled
But the pastor's son (18) was there when the mob came.
- They caught him and tried to burn him alive. He suffered burns on his arm. But police helped him to escape, says Majeed.
They have now sought refuge with a relative nearby. Police patrol past the house frequently.
-We are afraid. We do not know whether the police can protect us in this confusing time. We have lost everything. We have no food or money. The church burned down. I do not know how long I can stay where I am now. We do not know how long we will survive, says Majeed.
Two bomb attacks
As Bishop Majeed has been upoulær among Muslim militants in the city. He says he has been threatened several times. Twice before they exploded a bomb at his gate. The last time there was a very powerful explosion. The family fled up to the second floor. There was an exchange of fire between the police and the perpetrators who stood outside the gate.
Adds blamed on Christians
- It is very difficult to be a Christian in Pakistan, we have no security. Although police are trying to protect you, do not let them do it folks. Because Europeans and Americans are Christians, they think there is something wrong with
Christianity and they blame Christians for everything that goes wrong, he says.
- Do you fear for your life?
-Not really. I feel like I'm in God's hands.
- What's the plan now?
-I have no plan. Now I'm with my family and church, which are in shock and need support. We try to provide help to build up the church again, says Majeed, who plans to return to Norway in a few weeks.
He is the only bishop I know who has two machine guns.
Parish priest in Vardo Cato Torsvik studied with Peter Majeed at Mission College in Stavanger.
He is very concerned for his former classmate.
It's pretty critical. He is the only bishop I know who has two machine guns. It is very dangerous it is happening now, and probably he will be lucky if he gets out of life alive.
He says that Majeed really wanted to take over the church.
-I think he's terribly tough. It is not well to be one that thousands of people are trying to find to kill.