News from the Frontlines

Tuesday September 30, 2014

Attacks on Church in East Jerusalem Grow More Intense

Palestinian militants seek to stop ministry and seize property, Christians say.

By Our Middle East Correspondent

ISTANBUL, Turkey, September 30, 2014 (Morning Star News) – In the latest of several attacks on a congregation in East Jerusalem, young men with ties to a Palestinian militant group wired shut a church door and sprayed a gaseous substance at those inside hours before dawn on Monday (Sept. 29), church sources said.

No one was injured as those sleeping or keeping vigil fled into a hallway before the chemical spray could impair breathing, but it was the second “gas attack” in the past two weeks, Living Bread Church leader Karen Dunham told Morning Star News. On Sept. 17, a man passing by the church’s patio area opened a plastic bag containing a small gas canister inside. Within seconds, Dunham said, people on the porch were unable to breathe and fled into the church building – only to find that someone had pumped the same chemical spray into the worship hall. [READ MORE]

News from the Frontlines

Tuesday September 30, 2014

Seven Christians Arrested in Laos for Meeting for Worship

Local officials ban Christian services in village.

By the Editor

September 29, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Local officials in Laos arrested seven Christians for meeting for worship on Sunday (Sept. 28), according to a rights group.

The chief of Boukham village, in Atsaphangthong District, Savannakhet Province, along with village security officials and police arrested the Christians as they ate lunch after meeting for worship in the home of pastor Sompong Supatto, according to Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF). [READ MORE]

Nigeria

Tuesday September 30, 2014

Two Pastors among 46 Christians Killed in Kaduna State, Nigeria

Muslim Fulani herdsmen attack towns with machetes, guns, fire.

By Our Nigeria Correspondent

KARSHIN DAJI, Nigeria, September 29, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Following attacks on three towns in Nigeria’s Kaduna state that killed 46 Christians, church leaders said the Muslim Fulani assailants seem driven to rid the area of Christianity and use the land to graze their cattle.

Two pastors were among 31 Christians killed just after midnight on Sept. 17 in Karshin Daji, where 15 others were injured and 15 houses burned down, Christian leaders said. Pastor Ezra Ibrahim of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) was killed, and the Rev. Julius Jako of the ECWA was slain alongside his wife and daughter, said 60-year-old Danjuma Awe, an elder of the ECWA congregation in Karshin Daji. [READ MORE]

Nigeria

Tuesday September 23, 2014

Islamic Extremists Kill at Least 10 Christians in Plateau State, Nigeria

Fulani herdsmen attack village three times in one week.

By Our Nigeria Correspondent

BOKKOS, Nigeria, September 23, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Ethnic Fulani gunmen shouting the jihadist chant “Allahu Akbar” attacked three villages in Nigeria’s Plateau state this month, burning down a church building and killing at least 10 Christians, sources said.

 

Heavily-armed Fulani Muslim extremists on Sept. 14 attacked the Bokkos area, shooting five members of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) in their homes in Mbar and burning down 15 houses and an Assemblies of God church building, said the Rev. Manasseh Duwong of the COCIN congregation in Mbar.

 

“They were shouting, ‘Allahu Akbar [God is greater]’ and also saying, ‘We must wipe out these infidel Christians today,’” Duwong told Morning Star News in Mbar. [READ MORE]

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