Another fire incident has occurred at a Coptic Orthodox church, which burned to the ground in the Canadian province of British Columbia.
Thye incident which occurred on Monday is the latest in a string of church fires in this country deemed “suspicious” by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
This has made police in Canada to be investigating more than 15 fires that have damaged or destroyed churches in recent weeks. In most cases they have yet to name suspects or offer an official motive to the wave of suspected arson that has targeted Christian churches across the country.
Since no one has taken credit for the fires, it has been hard for the police to get a lead. But politicians and law-enforcement officials have speculated that the churches are being targeted by those angry about the recent discovery of unmarked graves at schools for indigenous children that were run by the Roman Catholic Church. But as it stands, police have no evidence the fires are linked to the graves.
National politicians, indigenous leaders, and law-enforcement officials have condemned the fires. The first burnings, which occurred in June, on indigenous land in British Columbia see blazes destroyed four Roman Catholic churches. They happened after an indigenous community said it found 215 unmarked graves near a former boarding school for indigenous children in British Columbia.
Only a few weeks later, the Cowessess First Nation in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan found 751 unmarked graves near the former Marieval Indian Residential School.