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  • 5 Nigerian schoolgirls died in raid, teen told parent

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 (one month ago)

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    DAPCHI, Nigeria (BP) -- Boko Haram on March 21 released most of the 110 schoolgirls kidnapped from Dapchi, Nigeria, a month ago, but five girls still missing are feared dead, and a lone student remains captive because of her Christianity, the Associated Press reported today (March 22).

    Five of the girls who remain missing died of injuries suffered in a stampede when Boko Haram abducted them Feb. 19 from the Government Girls Secondary School, a parent of one of the five girls learned from another student, the AP reported. The reportedly deceased girls were buried in graves in the bush, the student said, but the deaths have not been confirmed. Read More

  • Group seeks new U.S. religious freedom post for Nigeria

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, March 08, 2018 (one month ago)

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    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (BP) -- A religious and secular coalition will urge Congress to create a U.S. coordinator for religious freedom in Nigeria as terrorism against Christians and other religious minorities intensifies in the African nation.

    Termed the special coordinator for religious minorities and terrorism, the post would serve as a direct link between U.S. and Nigerian governments to address religious persecution, terrorism and the resulting economic crisis in Nigeria, a coalition representative told Baptist Press today (March 8). Read More

  • Boko Haram kidnaps 101 schoolgirls 4 yrs. after Chibok

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 23, 2018 (one month ago)

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    DAPCHI, Nigeria (BP) -- As many as 101 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists Feb. 19 are still missing after state government officials admitted to falsely announcing many of the girls' rescue.

    In an attack reminiscent of the 2014 kidnapping of 276 girls from Chibok, Boko Haram raided the town of Dapchi in northern Nigeria late in the evening, forcing students of Government Girls Secondary School and other residents to flee into the surrounding bush, Reuters, the Associated Press and other news agencies reported. Read More

  • Christians killed globally for faith at Christmas

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, January 03, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    RIVERS STATE, Nigeria (BP) -- The deaths of nearly 150 Christians have been reported in targeted attacks on religious minorities in Nigeria, Cairo and India during the 2017 Christmas season, according to various reports from religious liberty advocates and news agencies.

    Among the latest attacks, unidentified assailants killed between 14 and 16 Christians leaving a midnight New Year's Eve service Jan. 1 in Omuku town in Rivers State, Nigeria, the BBC and Nigerian Independent news reported Jan. 2. The gunmen fired at random and at close range, according to police who said the ... Read More

  • Child suicide bombings by Boko Haram at all-time high

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, August 23, 2017 (8 months ago)

    Photo by UNICEF/Gilbertson
    NORTHEAST NIGERIA (BP) -- Boko Haram's abuse of children as suicide bombers is at an all-time high in the Lake Chad region including northeast Nigeria and neighboring countries, UNICEF said Aug. 22.

    The jihadists have murdered at least 83 children since January by strapping them with bombs before sending them into public gathering places and detonating the explosives, UNICEF said in its press release.

    About 55 of the victims were girls under the age of 15, as girls often become ... Read More

  • Boko Haram kills 83, releases video of 3 captives

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, July 31, 2017 (9 months ago)

    Boko Haram killed at least 83 civilians and soldiers in two separate attacks in northeast Nigeria in the past week before releasing a video of three new captives pleading for help. Read More

  • Chibok parents praying, 'groaning' 3 years later

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, April 17, 2017 (one year ago)

    CHIBOK, Nigeria (BP) -- Parents of the nearly 200 missing Chibok schoolgirls continue to pray with hope three years after Boko Haram terrorists kidnapped the girls from a government boarding school in Chibok.

    Of the 276 girls kidnapped in an overnight raid in the mostly Christian town, an estimated 195 remain missing after the April 14, 2014 attack on the Government Girls Secondary School. Some of the missing are feared dead; others have been forced to birth children of Boko Haram fighters believed hiding deep in the Sambisa Forest in Borno. Read More

  • Congress passes 1st bill devoted to fighting Boko Haram

    by Onize Ohikere, posted Monday, December 12, 2016 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The United States House of Representatives on Dec. 8 unanimously approved a bipartisan bill to help counter Boko Haram's insurgency in northeast Nigeria and other affected African countries. The bill is awaiting the president's signature to become a law.

    The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Frederica Wilson, D.-Fla., and Sen. Susan Collins, R.-Maine, passed in the Senate in September 2015. The pending bill would require the U.S. secretaries of state and defense to develop a five-year strategy to combat the Islamic terror group. The strategy would involve offering assistance to ... Read More

  • Christian killings said to be religious cleansing

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, November 29, 2016 (one year ago)

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    NORTH-CENTRAL NIGERIA (BP) -- The increasingly militant killings of Christians in north-central Nigeria by Muslim Fulani herdsmen are described as revived attempts at religious and ethnic cleansing by survivors, Morning Star News reported.

    Fulani herdsmen, at times disguised as Nigerian soldiers expected to protect villagers, killed at least 36 Christian farmers in separate attacks in four villages in Kaduna state in mid-November, Morning Star said. The killings are on the heels of the slaughter of about 85 Christians in Kaduna between September and Nov. 13 by the herdsmen, and are part of at least 140 such deaths since attacks intensified in May, Morning Star reported. Read More