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  • 148 Boko Haram sex slaves, forced laborers rescued

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, June 05, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    BORNO, Nigeria (BP) -- Nearly 150 children and adults enslaved by Boko Haram terrorists for sex and labor have been rescued from a remote camp in Borno state, Nigeria's defense leaders said June 4.

    "The rescued hostages, comprising 15 men, 58 women and 75 children revealed ... that the Boko Haram terrorists had sexually violated the females and used them as sex slaves," the military said in a press briefing after the June 3 rescue. "The men were not spared, as they were regularly engaged in forced labor while in the captivity of the terrorists." Read More

  • Al-Shabaab blamed for Somalia bombing killing 320-plus

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, October 16, 2017 (one year ago)

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    MOGADISHU, Somalia (BP) -- Al-Shabaab Islamic terrorists are responsible for a truck bomb that killed at least 320 and injured more than 400 in Mogadishu, Somalia Oct. 14, security officials told the Guardian hours later.

    While the al-Qaida affiliated group had not officially claimed responsibility, security officials said a man identifying with al-Shabaab was arrested hours after the blast as he tried to drive a second truck bomb into the city. He gave details of the attack that officials described as the deadliest worldwide in many years. Read More

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

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, August 23, 2017 (one year ago)

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    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

  • Coptic Christians pray, persevere after Egypt church bombings

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, April 10, 2017 (one year ago)

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    ALEXANDRIA/TANTA, Egypt (BP) -- As Coptic Christians bury an estimated 44 killed in terrorist bombings during Palm Sunday services in Egypt, the oldest Coptic church in the U.S. is praying for both the families of the Christian "martyrs" and the Islamic State (IS) that has claimed responsibility for the deaths.

    The attacks at St. George's Church in Tanta and at St. Mark's Cathedral in Alexandria also wounded more than 125 worshippers, Morning Star News reported, making the bombings more deadly than the 2016 Christmas bombing at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in suburban Cairo. Last year's attack that killed 24 and wounded 50 had been considered Egypt's worst bombing against Christians in the nation's history. Read More

  • Trump speech highlights immigration, war on terror

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, March 01, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Discussions of immigration, terrorism and health care were among the highlights of President Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress Feb. 28.

    The hour-long address included no mention of abortion, so-called homosexual and transgender rights or religious liberty. It did include calls to "invest in women's health," confirm U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and ensure parents' access to "paid family leave." Read More

  • Study: Radical Islam looming across African Sahel

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, September 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    SAHEL, Africa (BP) -- The poverty- and drought-stricken Sahel region spanning northern Africa is becoming a breeding ground for radical Islamic groups intent on persecuting Christians, according to a study conducted by World Watch Research.

    The Sahel, a horizontal swath spanning parts of Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia, has become attractive to extremist groups that offer financial security to attract impoverished adherents facing uncertainties in the semi-arid land, reported World Watch Research, a division of the Open Doors International advocacy organization for persecuted Christians. Read More

  • 9/11 called catalyst for missions to Muslims

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 09, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NEW YORK (BP) -- When radical Islamic terrorists brought down the World Trade Center's Twin Towers 15 years ago, they didn't realize their actions would also help bring down walls to reaching Muslims with the Gospel.

    But that's exactly what happened.

    In the years since Sept. 11, 2001, the number of Unengaged, Muslim Unreached People Groups (UMUPGs) in the world has decreased by nearly 20 percent, from 1,333 in 2001 to 1,077 today, according to statistics provided by Vision 5:9, a coalition of Christian missions organizations focused on reaching Muslims. Read More

  • Censoring Islamic sermons new anti-jihad tactic

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, August 12, 2016 (2 years ago)

    BORNO, Nigeria (BP) -- The governor of Boko Haram's birthplace Borno has formed a board to monitor and censor Islamic preaching in hopes of preventing the jihadists from spreading violent Islamism and recruiting fighters, Nigeria's Channels TV reported. Read More

  • Terror attack in Nice spawns prayer, questions

    by David Roach, posted Friday, July 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    NICE, France (BP) -- A terrorist attack yesterday (July 14) in Nice, France, that left at least 84 people dead has prompted calls for prayer as well as speculation on the role Islamic extremism may have played.

    International Mission Board spokeswoman Julie McGowan told Baptist Press the IMB does not discuss the location of its personnel "due to security considerations for IMB personnel and the national believers with whom they work." But McGowan noted, "However, with any breaking news event, we are in contact with anyone who might be affected, due to travel and other reasons, to confirm their safety and ... Read More