Sydney church stabbing: Religious community tensions run high - BBC News

The stabbing of an Assyrian Christian bishop in Sydney's multi-faith heartland sparks reciprocation fears.

12 hours agoShareclose panelShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, ReutersImage caption, A 16-year-old boy has been arrested following Monday's attackBy Katy Watson and Frances Maoin SydneyThe day after the stabbing attack on a bishop, a forensics expert was sweeping a fingerprint brush over a nativity scene by the entrance of the Sydney church.

A small car parked outside Christ The Good Shepherd Church had its window screen smashed in - a reminder of the horrific event that happened in the western Sydney suburb on Monday night and the mob violence that followed.

Around 19:00 that night, a 16-year-old boy emerged from the congregation of the Orthodox Assyrian Christian church to launch a frenzied attack on the bishop leading the sermon.

Allegedly yelling in Arabic "in the name of the Prophet", he stabbed Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel, and attacked another priest and churchgoers who tried to intervene.

It was all caught on a live stream - beamed out over the internet to the local congregation and beyond, the news spreading quickly in Assyrian, Maronite, Catholic and Coptic Christian communities.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-68832894


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