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Middle East: translators killed

Four national Christian Bible translators were killed when Islamic militants raided the office of Wycliffe Associates in the Middle East, the organisation confirmed on 20 March.

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The attackers sprayed bullets around the office, shooting and killing two of the translators, injuring several more, and destroying the office equipment. Then, with their spent weapons, they bludgeoned to death two other translators who had leapt on top of the lead translator, saving his life. The invaders burned all the books and other translation materials in the office but the hard drives containing the translation work for eight language projects were preserved. The remaining translation team has decided to re-double their efforts to translate, publish, and print God’s Word for these eight language communities.