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Bangladesh police say a pastor in the country's northwest escapes an attempt to kill him

FILE- In this Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 file photo, Bangladeshi security officers stand by the site where Japanese citizen Kunio Hoshi was killed Saturday at Mahiganj village in Rangpur district, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Closely following the fatal attacks on two foreigners last week, a Bangladeshi pastor Monday survived an attempt on his life by three men who came to his home pretending to want to learn about Christianity, police and the victim said Tuesday.(AP Photo/A.M. Ahad, file)

FILE- In this Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 file photo, Bangladeshi security officers stand by the site where Japanese citizen Kunio Hoshi was killed Saturday at Mahiganj village in Rangpur district, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Closely following the fatal attacks on two foreigners last week, a Bangladeshi pastor Monday survived an attempt on his life by three men who came to his home pretending to want to learn about Christianity, police and the victim said Tuesday.(AP Photo/A.M. Ahad, file)  (The Associated Press)

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.