Churches and other places of worship in Sierra Leone are some of the last public places relatively safe from the Ebola virus where people can gather, according to a new report. The infection rates in the West African country have meanwhile continued to rise, hitting record levels.
"We will overcome Ebola through the blood of Christ, with His help, and with prayer," pastor Olatunji Oseni told his congregation on Sunday at Winners Chapel megachurch in the Freetown, AFP reported.
Although most public gatherings in Sierra Leone, including sports games, concerts, schools and movies, are deemed off limits due to the Ebola threat, believers are still going to churches or mosques. According to the CIA World Factbook, 10 percent of the country's population are Christians, while another 60 percent are Muslims. more >>
A suicide bomber has killed at least 48 students in an explosion at a high school assembly in the northeastern Nigerian city of Potiskum on Monday. Terror group Boko Haram is suspected to be behind the attack, police have said.
"We were waiting for the principal to address us, around 7:30 a.m., when we heard a deafening sound and I was blown off my feet, people started screaming and running, I saw blood all over my body," said 17-year-old student Musa Ibrahim Yahaya, who is being treated in hospital for head wounds, according to The Associated Press.
The bomber was apparently dressed in a school uniform when he carried out the attack during the assembly, where close to 2,000 students had gathered. Potiskum's general hospital reported that another 79 students are being treated for injuries. more >>
Although Reuters reported Monday night that one of the most prominent jihadist groups in the Sinai Peninsula region of Egypt has pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State caliphate, confusion remains as to the extent of the groups' connection as The Institute For the Study of War claims the reports of allegiance are false.
Reuters reported that the terrorist group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, or "Partisans of Jerusalem", issued a statement Monday night saying that the group is loyal to the Islamic State and also labeled ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the caliph (Muslim prince) of all nations.
"After entrusting God we decided to swear allegiance to the emir of the faithful Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, caliph of the Muslims in Syria and Iraq and in other countries," the statement said. more >>
Thousands of people are breaking Ebola quarantines in order to search for food in Sierra Leone in spite of a rising infection rate in the West African country, international aid agencies have said.
Despite government programs, supported by the U.N.'s World Food Program, delivering food and other necessities to quarantined people, there are a number of areas in the country that have not been reached by the aid, forcing thousands to go out and search for food.
"We have to take the sick out and take the responsibility with firmness. We must end Ebola now," said President Ernest Bai Koroma, who urged ordinary citizens to do more to help with the crisis, The Associated Press reported on Tuesday. more >>
A suicide bomber launched an attack during a procession of Shiite Muslims killing 23 in Nigeria on Monday.
The Shiite procession was marking the ritual of Ashoura — which marks the death of Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein, in a battle more than 1,300 years ago — in northeast Nigeria's Yobe state.
Terror group Boko Haram has denied that it has a ceasefire agreement with the Nigerian government or is engaged in negotiation with it to release the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls abducted in April. The Islamist group claims the girls have been converted to Islam and married off.
"Don't you know the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls have converted to Islam?" Boko Haram's leader Abubakar Shekau says in a video released Saturday. "They have now memorized two chapters of the Quran."