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A leader of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria pleaded for help on a video released on Sunday. “I have never been discouraged, because all conditions that one finds himself are in the hands of God”.
Boko Haram has killed an estimated 35,000 civilians. The insurgency that began in Maiduguri, Borno state increasingly struck Christian educational institutions, health facilities and worship sites.
A pastor, two of his sons and three other worshippers died. “Europe must stand united against the persecution of Christians in Africa”, said Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament.
The terrorist group has killed a cooperant aid worker and says it will kill three other hostages, including Leah Sharibu.
Two are Protestant and one is Catholic. A family of six, including three children, carried out the synchronised attack. They had travelled to Syria to be trained by Daesh, authorities say.
Journalist Pilar Rahola publishes a book in which she collects her five-year work on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. “It was necessary to tell the world that there are people who die, not because of a random bullet, but because they are Christians”.
One aim of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition is that extremists no longer “tarnish our beloved religion”.
Some 130 have been wounded after a group of men bombed the building and shot against woshippers. It is the worst attack in the history of modern Egypt.
Europol says 142 failed, foiled and completed attacks were reported last year. Most arrests were related to jihadist terrorism. One-third of the total number of arrestees were 25 years old or younger.
About 400 Christians publicly showed their solidarity with the Persecuted Church in three Swiss cities on Human Rights Day.
The theatre group was made up of university students who travelled to the mainly Muslim area of Mandera to perform plays in local schools. “The attackers knew exactly whom they were attacking, that is, the Christians”.
Besides the killings, hundreds of Christians have been displaced. Houses, worship centers and crops that were ready for harvest have all been destroyed.
Rebels attacked the village of Ndomete, about 220 miles north of the capital city of Bangui, and went door-to-door killing 26 Christians, according to Morning Star News.
Three in ten victims are civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. 15,000 children have lost their lives since 2011.
“If you want to get rid of your neighbor, you find a way to accuse them of blasphemy, using an ordinary insult as evidence”, a lawyer says.
In Revelation 13, we have a description of what a state or a government can become when everything goes wrong. A state can become a devouring beast, destroying everything in its path, and especially attacking Christians with demonic hatred.
“The radicalisation of part of our youth is the most serious challenge we have faced since World War II”, says French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.
With 94 % of the vote counted, the Filipino boxer is in the seventh place among the candidates for 12 Senate seats. It was known he had becme target of jihadist group.
Filipino government informs about foiled Islamist plans to kill the Christian fighter. “God is with me”, he says.
Assemblies of God pastor: “There is no security, our non-Christian neighbours insult us almost daily, and we are scared.”
Guillem Sampedro, a member of an evangelical church in Spain, was in the Brussels-Zaventem airport when the explosions happened. “Some people were saying: ‘a bomb, a bomb!’, but we did not know if it was true.”
Resignation is the most spread feeling amongst Brussels inhabitants. Even the Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel, said in the first press conference: “What we feared has happened. Our country has been struck by vile attacks”.
At least 14 people killed after two blasts in Zaventem airport, passengers have been evacuated. Later, another blast at the Maelbeek Metro station left other 20 passengers dead. Around 200 people are wounded. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Wycliffe Associates informs that “several others were injured in a raid on a translation office in the Middle East”. Books and equipemnt were destroyed, but hard drives containing the translation work for eight language projects were not affected.
“May God comfort the victims’ families and support the government in its efforts to provide security amidst reports of further attacks”, the Evangelical Federation of Ivory Coast writes.