A suicide bomber blast that killed 14 people while they watched the World Cup in Nigeria's northeastern region on Tuesday night is being blamed on members of Boko Haram, local police say.
Those who witnessed Tuesday night's attack say a tricycle taxi, equipped with an explosive device, was driven into the outdoor area of a sports bar venue in the northeastern town of Damaturu on Tuesday night, shortly after the World Cup match between Brazil and Mexico had begun.
The explosive device was then detonated, killing seven at the viewing venue, while another seven died later at the main hospital in Damaturu, capital of the Yobe state. Although Boko Haram has not taken responsibility for Tuesday night's attack, many locals are blaming the Islamic militant group for the bombing, as the terrorist organization has previously targeted venues where sports are being viewed. more >>
It was a dark and bloody Sunday for residents of the coastal town of Mpeketoni in Kenya after witnesses say a Somali al-Qaeda-linked extremist group called Al-Shabab left 48 people dead. The deaths were the result of an hours-long door-to-door assault on the community where those who weren't Muslim or spoke Somali were killed.
The attack began on Sunday night as the community watched World Cup matches on TV and continued until early Monday, according to the Associated Press.
When it was over, Kenyan troops who did little to stop the assault and the residents of Mpeketoni awoke to heartbreaking carnage littered across dirt streets and still-smoldering vehicles and buildings that had been set ablaze. more >>
The Bishop of the Anglican Communion and Leader of the Northern Christian Forum said that it is "soul-wrecking" that the over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamic militants in April have still not been rescued two months later.
Bishop Emeritus Emmanuel Kana Mani said that the fate of the girls is a "sad commentary," and called on the country's leaders to work toward a peaceful coexistence between Nigerian Christians and Muslims, who are roughly evenly split in terms of numbers and across geographical lines, Codewit World News reported.
It has been two months since Islamic militants Boko Haram stormed an all-girls school in Chibok on April 14 and took over 200 students. The militants, who have been waging a war on Nigeria and the country's Christians for close to five years, posted videos of the kidnapped girls and declared that they would be sold as child brides. more >>
Following bombings which killed more than 100 Nigerians in late May, Christian groups have reached out to Muslims in an effort to reconcile the estranged communities.
The Rev. Gideon Para-Mallam, regional secretary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, told World Watch Monitor that some in the Christian community had reached out to their fellow Muslims, whom they recognized were also likely grieving loved ones.
''We resolved to go to our respective areas and try to stop anybody from organizing revenge actions as a result of the bomb blast. We resolved to encourage people to live in peace, and to show sympathy with those who have lost their loved ones, and support them in whatever ways we can rather than [harboring] anger, revenge and bitterness,'' he said. more >>
An appeals court in Sudan has begun deliberations in the case of a young mother sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith after allegedly converting from Islam, her husband and lawyer have said.
"Formal notification was given to myself and my lawyer that the appeals court has begun deliberation of Meriam's case," CNN quoted Daniel Wani, the husband of Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese mother who is in a prison with her 20-month-old son and newborn daughter, as saying Sunday.
The formal notice was given Thursday, he said. more >>
Members of Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram entered a local village Wednesday and killed 45 people who gathered around the suspected attackers after deceiving them into believing they were preachers.
The attack occurred in the north-eastern city of Maidugur where the gunmen, dressed in military-style uniforms lured the group by telling them they wanted to speak to them about "the righteous path."
"They came to our village… and lied to us that they had come to preach to us and when almost all the villagers had gathered, another set of insurgents emerged from nowhere and opened fire on the congregation before we all scampered for safety," survivor Kallamu Bukar said, according to Nigerian news outlet Vanguard. more >>