Nigerian terror group Boko Haram has reportedly captured the strategically important city of Monguno following a heavy battle with the army, which has left over 200 people dead.
CNN reported that the military is still fighting Boko Haram for control over Maiduguri, attempting to prevent the jihadists from gaining even more ground.
"Our soldiers initially repelled the terrorists but they mobilized more fighters and came back in full force. They overwhelmed our troops and forced them to retreat," said one Nigerian officer, who asked not to be named. more >>
A former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria breaks down militant Islamist group Boko Haram's "twisted theology" and deadly years-long campaign to implement its own version version of Shariah law in Nigeria.
While much of the world's attention has been turned toward France and the Middle East in recent weeks, terrorist group Boko Haram has been ramping up attacks against Nigeria's civilians, who number more than 177.1 million.
The terrorist organization has kidnapped and killed dozens of people from neighboring Cameroon, started using children in suicide attacks, and in what has been described as its deadliest assault yet, Boko Haram is believed to have killed an estimated 2,000 people over a period of a few days. more >>
Twenty Egyptian Christian men are believed to be facing the imminent threat of execution after being abducted in Libya by extremist militants associated with the Islamic State terrorist organization.
It was recently reported by the SITE Intelligence Group that militants, who claim to run the "Tripolitania Province of the Islamic State terrorist outfit," released a statement claiming responsibility for the kidnappings of the Coptic Christian men, through two different abductions raids in Sirte in the last two months.
Although the statement also included pictures showing the captives to be alive, religious freedom activists from the humanitarian organization Christian Freedom International are almost positive that these 20 Christians will be killed, given the brutality that ISIS militants have shown in the thousands of executions that it has already carried out in Iraq and Syria. more >>
A team of scientists and scholars claim to have discovered the world's earliest-known version of the Gospel, dating back to the first century A.D., which was found on a sheet of papyrus used to make an ancient mummy's mask in Egypt.
Live Science is reporting that Craig Evans, a professor of New Testament studies at Acadia Divinity College in Nova Scotia, and an associated team of three dozen researchers and scholars have unmasked what is thought to be a written portion of the Gospel of Mark, that possibly dates back as early as 80 A.D.
Although most people think of Egyptian mummy masks being made of gold, Evans explained in a seminar that most ancient Egyptians, that were not pharaohs nor part of ancient Egypt's elite social class, were mummified with masks made out of used sheets of papyrus because that was the most cost efficient way for the families to preserve the bodies of their loved ones. more >>
The horror stories from terror group Boko Haram's massacre in Baga earlier this month, believed to have killed as many as 2,000 people, continue flooding in. One woman has described how her husband was killed and had his throat cut by the jihadists as she fled the town with their three daughters.
"I am on my own with my three girls; my husband was killed," 30-year-old Hadija Umar said at a UNICEF camp, after having fled across Lake Chad.
"He had gone to buy fish when Boko Haram fighters launched their attack," Umar explained, according to BBC News. "Women told me that they found his body floating in the lake, his hands tied and his throat cut." more >>
At least 10 people have been killed in violent protests in Niger over the weekend, after Muslim mobs burned down a number of churches in retaliation to French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo publishing cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
Christian missionaries in the capital, Niamey, told International Christian Concern that "all of [their] churches have been burned along with the pastors' homes ... almost every church [they] know or are associated with has been attacked." The missionaries, who despite seeing smoke "around all sides of [their] house," remain in Niamey.
"Jesus said: 'I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.' We are confident that this persecution will only grow the church and the Gospel in Niger," the missionaries continued. more >>