Police in Bangladesh say a pastor has survived an attempt on his life by three men who came to his home pretending to want to learn about Christianity.

Siddikur Rahman, a senior police official, says 52-year-old Luke Sarker suffered minor injuries Monday when three men aged 25-30 attacked him with a knife at his home in the northwestern district of Pabna.

The incident follows fatal attacks on two foreigners last week in Bangladesh, a predominantly Muslim South Asian country that is grappling with violence claimed by hard-line Islamic groups.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks last week on a Japanese agricultural worker and an Italian aid worker. The IS claim has been refuted by Bangladesh's government, which blamed the opposition for trying to destabilize the country.