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Algerian Church Closed for ‘Illegally Printing Bibles, Material Intended for Evangelism’

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(World Watch Monitor) A church in Algeria’s north-western town of Aïn Turk (15km from Oran city) has been closed down by local authorities.

The church, affiliated to the Protestant Church of Algeria (known as EPA, its French acronym), was sealed off by police on Nov. 9.

Authorities in Oran claimed the church had been used to “illegally print Gospels and publications intended for evangelism.”

The police notification also stated that the church didn’t have state approval. But the president of the EPA, Mahmoud Haddad, denied any wrongdoing, saying the justifications for closing the church were “unfounded.”

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