An Algerian Christian has been arrested, his home searched and his computer seized, without explanation, according to the Protestant Church of Algeria. The man, identified by the name Sofiane, was riding in a taxi Aug. 23 when he was stopped at a military checkpoint near Biskra, about 500 kilometres south of Algiers. He was taken to Biskra for questioning.

“The police raided his family home and took his laptop and other personal items,” said a source within the Protestant Church of Algeria, who was quoted anonymously by Open Doors International, a ministry that supports Christians who are pressured because of their faith. Sofiane, married and the father of one, remains in custody, the source said, and police have not provided any information about his detention.