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Two dead in blasts targeting Jehovah's Witnesses in India

Updated: Nov 3, 2023


Two people lost their lives, and numerous others sustained injuries following a sequence of explosions at a prayer gathering of the Jehovah’s Witnesses sect near Kochi in Kerala. The tragic incident unfolded at the Zamra International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Kalamassery, where approximately 2,500 members from across the state had assembled for a prayer assembly.


The perpetrator, Dominic Martin, a former member of Jehovah’s Witnesses currently under police custody, uploaded a video on social media confessing to the crime. In the video, he expressed discontent with the sect’s alleged anti-national stance, citing their teachings as detrimental and extremist.


Jehovah’s Witnesses, a Christian denomination, adhere to a unique set of beliefs, rejecting the concept of the Holy Trinity and worshiping Jehovah as the sole Almighty God. Their faith revolves around the imminent arrival of the Kingdom of God, which they believe will supplant human governments and fulfil divine purposes on earth. With millions of adherents globally, the sect's evangelical activities are characterized by door-to-door proselytizing to spread their interpretation of biblical truth.


Founded as a Bible Student movement in the 1870s by American pastor Charles Taze Russell, the headquarters of the sect's governing body is now situated in Warwick, New York. The dissemination of their doctrines is facilitated through the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, also headquartered in Warwick.


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