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Wednesday March 25, 2015

Incidents against Christians in India Jump 55 Percent Under Modi, EFI Figures Show

Hostile tone of Hindu nationalist government emboldens Hindu extremists.By Our New Delhi Correspondent
NEW DELHI, March 24, 2015 (Morning Star News) – The number of incidents against Christians in India has increased 36 percent since Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi became prime minister in May 2014, according to figures from the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI).

During a protest by religious minorities near India’s Parliament House on Thursday (March 19), rights activist and Christian leader John Dayal said there have been 168 incidents against Christians in Modi’s first 300 days in power. That figure compares with 108 such cases in the 300 days before Modi took office on May 26, 2014, according to the EFI.
Reported attacks against the Christian community in January totalled 20, with another 20 in February and 13 so far in March, according to the EFI. By comparison, in the first five months of 2014 there were only 32 anti-Christian incidents before Modi took power. [READ MORE]

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Monday March 23, 2015

Five Christians Killed, One Critically Wounded, by Islamic Extremists in Kenya

Al Shabaab takes responsibility for shootings.By Our East Africa Correspondent
MANDERA, Kenya, March 23, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Islamic extremists from Somalia took responsibility for killing four Christians on Tuesday (March 17) and another on March 15 in northeast Kenya.

Somali rebel Al Shabaab militiamen or their Somali sympathizers have carried out several attacks on Kenyan soil the past two years, usually separating out Christians and executing them, in retaliation for Kenya’s military involvement in the Somali government’s fight against the insurgents.
Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s shooting deaths of four Kenyan Christians at a money-transfer shop in Wajir. An explosion, either from a grenade or a fire set with gasoline, then burned the bodies beyond recognition, area sources said. [READ MORE]

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Monday March 23, 2015

Rape of Elderly Nun in India Premeditated, Police Report Indicates

Gunmen deliberately targeted Christianity, church leaders say.By Our India Correspondent
NEW DELHI, March 22, 2015 (Morning Star News) – The rape of an elderly nun in West Bengal was a planned part of an attack on a Christian institution and not merely an after-thought in a robbery as portrayed in mainstream media, Christian leaders say.

A police report submitted to the state government said the suspects in the incident on March 14 at the Convent of Jesus and Mary at Ranaghat, Nadia District, were “not locals,” and that the attack was a well-planned targeting of the convent school and nuns.
Seven or eight gunmen stormed the convent compound at about 2:30 a.m. after overpowering a security guard, according to a police complaint filed by the school. After pointing a pistol at the guard’s head, the suspects tied him up and forced their way into the main building. [READ MORE]

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Wednesday March 18, 2015

Two Christian Women Attacked, Church Building Burned in Coastal Kenya

By Our East Africa Correspondent
Mpeketoni, Kenya. (Mpeketoni Facebook) NAIROBI, Kenya, March 18, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Two sisters in their mid-20s were attacked and a church building burned last month in an area of Kenya where Islamic extremists killed at least 13 people last July – including the young women’s father.

Somalis in coastal Kenya’s Lamu County struck 25-year-old Annah after she answered their knock on the door on Feb. 22 at about 7:30 p.m. in the village of Hindi, said her sister, Karuiki. Islamic extremists from Somalia killed their father, Simon, on July 5, 2014. The surnames of all three are withheld for security reasons.

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