by Vincent Funaro
The men tried to slit the throat of the Rev. Luke Sarker, 52, with a knife. Sarker's wife heard his screams and ran to confront the attackers. The men fled after she and other neighbors arrived, according to local authorities.
There are conflicting reports as to exactly how the attackers escaped. Police said they found a motorcycle alleged to belong to the assailants outside the pastor's home. However, other reports claim the attackers fled using the same motorcycle on which they had arrived.
"The attackers came on a motorcycle and fled on the same motorcycle when the pastor, his wife and daughter cried, 'Save us, save us,' and neighbors rushed to the house," according to Mohammed Alomgir Kabir, a police superintendent in Pabna, Bangladesh.
Police have arrested a member of Islami Chhatra Shibri, a student-run wing of the religious extremist political party Jamaat-e-Islami, in relation to the attempted stabbing of the pastor. He is being held for questioning.
Sarker is the pastor of Faith Bible Church in the district Pabna, located in the northwest region of Bangladesh.
He had met two of his three attackers in his home on Sept. 18 where they discussed religions, including Islam, Christianity and Hinduism. They had arranged this second meeting for Monday, where they attacked Sarker...