Muslim relatives of a former Islamic teacher in Uganda who became a Christian set a trap for him last month, hiring killers to bury him alive in a large ant mound, sources said.

Saban Sajabi, 32, had gained repute as an itinerant sheikh, teaching Islam in various mosques and schools in eastern Uganda, before an uncle led him to faith in Christ in 2015. With family members threatening him, he left his Muslim wife and child and fled to Jinja that year.

His Christian wife, Sarah Birungi, said he received a phone call from a relative saying the uncle who led him to Christ was suffering a serious illness. “Without wasting time, we left Jinja immediately, leaving behind our children ages 6 and 2 under the care of the house girl [maid],” she said.

Sajabi continued receiving calls from the relative as they made their way to the uncle’s village in western Uganda), she said. “Two motorcycles arrived carrying three men each,” she told Morning Star News. “They started beating my husband and then dragged him to a nearby anthill, dug into it and pushed his head inside, and he breathed his last.”

The killers later cut the neck of the body, she said.