Christians in the predominantly Muslim country of Sudan continue to suffer intense persecution, with the government engaging in a systematic destruction of churches, a conservative law group has warned.
The American Center for Law and Justice said Tuesday that its contacts on the ground in Sudan have affirmed that government officials continue to order the destruction of Christian churches, further marginalizing the minority Christian population.
At least three churches were destroyed in October, according to the ACLJ, including the Sudanese Church of Christ building in Omdurman, the Lutheran Church of Sudan building in Karari, and another Lutheran Church of Sudan building in Gadaref, East Sudan. more >>
Pope Francis is set to begin his tour of several African countries on Wednesday, and will be visiting communities torn apart by Islamic militants and Muslim-Christian strife with a message that all people are one human family.
"We are living at a time when religious believers, and persons of goodwill everywhere are called to foster mutual understanding and respect, and to support each other as members of our one human family. For all of us are God's children," Francis said in his pre-trip message. more >>
One American, a mother and public health worker, was among 27 killed in a terror attack on Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital Bamako, in which al Qaeda-affiliated attackers carrying AK-47s took more than 100 people hostage Friday.
The 7-hour siege ended Friday after Malian security forces, aided by U.S. and French special forces, killed two of the attackers, according to media reports.
An al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist groups, Al-Mourabitoun and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Reuters. The terror group is led by notorious one-eyed jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who was behind the 2013 attack on an Algerian gas plant that killed 40 people, including three Americans. more >>
A newly released report on global terrorism has claimed that Nigeria's terror group Boko Haram killed more people than the Islamic State in 2014, committing crimes against humanity, including murder, torture and rape.
The findings, released by the Institute of Economics and Peace at the University of Maryland in its Global Terrorism Index 2015 report, stated that Boko Haram was responsible for 6,664 deaths in 2014, compared to the 6,073 deaths linked to IS in the same year.
The index stated that Nigeria witnessed "the largest increase in terror-related deaths ever recorded by any country," increasing by over 300 percent from 2013. more >>
Elite gendarmes from France's National Gendarmerie Intervention Group, commonly referred to as the GIGN, were dispatched to Mali Friday morning in the wake of a terror attack at a hotel in that country's capital, Bamako.
French President Francois Hollande, whose country is still reeling from a deadly terror attack which left at least 129 people dead last Friday, pledged to help the former French colony with all means necessary, ABC News reported.
The elite gendarmes from the GIGN are trained in carrying out counter-terrorism and hostage rescue missions globally. The National Gendarmerie tweeted photos of security personnel leaving for Bamako Friday. more >>
Islamic gunmen possibly linked to the al-Qaeda terror group initially took 170 people hostage at a hotel in Mali on Friday, reportedly releasing people able to recite the Quran.
CNN reported that at least three people have been killed so far at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali's capital, Bamako. Eighty hostages have been freed due to intervention by the army, and attempts are ongoing to rescue the others.
Officials have so far said that the attack is being carried out by two or three attackers who arrived around 7 a.m. in a vehicle with diplomatic plates and fired at people in the hotel with AK-47s. more >>