News from the Frontlines

Wednesday May 27, 2015

Noted Convert from Islam in Egypt Regularly Beaten in Prison, Attorney Says

Jailers try to humiliate the former Mohammed Hegazy into recanting.By Our Middle East Correspondent
ISTANBUL, Turkey, May 27, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Authorities in Egypt are regularly beating and dragging across a concrete prison floor noted convert Bishoy Armia Boulous, formerly known as Mohammed Hegazy, his attorney said.
Imprisoned by Egyptian authorities on trumped-up charges for photographing Muslim attacks on Christians and then held illegally after his sentence was complete, Boulous is beaten several times a week, said attorney Karam Ghobriel.

Prison officials also have forcibly shaved Boulous’ head, a punishment and harassment technique normally reserved for violent felons, he said. [READ MORE]

News from the Frontlines

Tuesday May 26, 2015

Islamic Mob Attacks Houses, Church over 'Blasphemy' Accusation in Pakistan

Mentally challenged Christian accused of burning papers containing koranic verses.By Our Pakistan Correspondent
LAHORE, Pakistan, May 26, 2015(Morning Star News) – Christians in Lahore are on edge after hundreds of Muslims attacked houses and a church building on Sunday night (May 24) in response to accusations that a Christian set fire to papers with koranic verses on them.
Chaudhry Alam Masih, a resident of Dhoop Sari in Lahore’s Sandha area, told Morning Star News that at 7 p.m. on Sunday evening more than 500 Muslims gathered in front of the house of his mentally challenged neighbor, Humayun Faisal Masih, after the latter was accused of setting the papers on fire.

“They were very charged up, and some of them were carrying weapons,” the neighbor of the accused said. “They were raising religious slogans and demanded that Masih should be handed over to them so that they could burn him the same way he had allegedly burned the holy pages." [READ MORE]

Nigeria

Tuesday May 26, 2015

Boko Haram Suspected in Killing of at Least 29 People, Most Christians, in Nigeria

Three attacks in 10 days after terrorists lose terriotory in northeast.By Our Nigeria Correspondent
JOS, Nigeria, May 26, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Islamic extremist attacks in Nigeria’s Adamawa state in the past 10 days have killed at least 29 people after weeks of Boko Haram rebels losing ground to government forces in the northeast, sources said.
Suspected Boko Haram members on Friday (May 22) slaughtered 10 Christians with machetes in Pambula-Kwamda, a Christian community in Adamawa’s Madagali Local government Area (LGA). Area residents told Morning Star News members of the Islamic extremist rebel group attacked at 4 a.m.

“They destroyed the telephone mast first before invading our community – this was to prevent us from telephoning and requesting help,” said an area pastor who requested anonymity for fear of being hunted down by the terrorists. “They killed 10 members of our church [Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, or EYN] using machetes and then slaughtering them.” [READ MORE]

Nigeria

Thursday May 14, 2015

Pastor, More than 70 Christians Killed in Plateau State, Nigeria

Muslim Fulani herdsmen burn homes, church buildings.By Our Nigeria Correspondent
JOS, Nigeria, May 14, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Gunmen killed a church pastor and more than 70 other Christians in Plateau state in the past month, sources said.
Setting fire to church buildings and houses in attacks that continued this week, Fulani Muslim herdsmen on May 2 killed the Rev. Luka Gwom of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) in the town of Foron, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area (LGA).

A member of the slain pastor’s congregation identified only as Paulina was also killed. A Christian community leader in Foron, Ishaku Pam, confirmed the killing of pastor Gwom, whom he said was his pastor, and said Paulina had gotten married in the church two weeks before. [READ MORE]

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