An Egyptian court has handed out life in prison sentences to 71 people for burning a Christian church in in the Giza province village of Kafr Hakim in 2013.
CNN reported that the people were part of a mob that chanted for Egypt to become an "Islamic State" as they torched and looted The Virgin Mary Church in 2013, following anti-government unrest. Christians were heavily targeted in Egypt following the fall of former President Mohammed Morsi, which later led to the Muslim Brotherhood being outlawed.
Reports said that 52 out of the 73 defendants were tried in absentia, with 21 already in prison. Two minors were additionally given 10 years in prison and fined the equivalent of $1,300. more >>
The Nigerian army has reported that it rescued 200 girls and 93 women from the Sambia Forest on Tuesday as it continues driving out terror group Boko Haram from its territory. It added, however, that the girls are not the ones from Chibok kidnapped by the jihadists in April 2014.
Nigerian Army spokesman Sani Usman said, according to CNN, that the army has raided a number of Boko Haram's camps in the forest, which has served as a stronghold for the Islamic militants. The region is not far from Chibok, where close to 200 girls were kidnapped last year, sparking a major international campaign calling for their release.
Usman confirmed, however, that the rescued captives are not the schoolgirls taken by Boko Haram in that particular raid. more >>
Terror group Boko Haram, which has been carrying out deadly attacks across Nigeria for almost six years now, has changed its name to "Islamic State's West Africa Province," or ISWAP. The militants have previously pledged allegiance to ISIS, and are continuing their attacks on Nigerian towns with an aim to establish an African Caliphate.
The Independent reported on Sunday that new propaganda materials released by Boko Haram leadership have been distributed through ISIS' social media accounts, where they refer to the group by its new adopted name.
Boko Haram itself is a nickname which means "Western education is forbidden." Its previous official name was Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad, Arabic for "People committed to the propagation of the prophet's teachings and jihad." more >>
Tens of thousands of Ethiopians marched on Thursday in the capital of Addis Ababa in solidarity with the 28 murdered Christians at the hands of terror group ISIS. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn described the terror group at the rally as "Satanic."
"This week's cruel act, which was committed against our citizens in Libya, not only gives a glimpse into terrorism, but also shows the Satanic acts and objectives of those who committed the act," Desalegn told the mass rally in Addis Ababa's Meskel Square, according to BBC News.
The response comes to a video released by ISIS on Sunday depicting the execution of two groups of Ethiopian Christians, one where the hostages were shot, and the other where they were beheaded. The militants directed their message to "the nation of the cross," referencing a previous video they released in February that showed the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians. more >>
A Nigerian Roman Catholic bishop has claimed that he was visited last year in a vision by Jesus Christ, who told him that the terrorist group Boko Haram will be destroyed, key to which will be praying the rosary.
Catholic News Agency reported that Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme, who leads the Diocese of Maiduguri in Borno State, said in an interview conducted last week that he is urging Christians to pray the rosary, which will rid Nigeria from the militants.
"Toward the end of last year I was in my chapel before the Blessed Sacrament … praying the rosary, and then suddenly the Lord appeared," Dashe said. more >>
Christian refugees who fled Libya via a perilous route across the Mediterranean where thousands of others died seeking to escape religious persecution and poverty, say they were forced to deny Christ after ISIS militants threatened their lives.
"We are Christians but we had to deny our faith otherwise the gunmen would kill us, slit our throats and cut off our heads," a refugee known only as Haben, told the UK's Daily Mail. "I have friends from Eritrea and Egypt who were killed because they are Christians. The men come around with Kalashnikov and they ask you what is your faith. If you are Christian they take you away and kill you. They cut off your head or shoot you. This is what they have done to hundreds of Christians."
Haben, 19, and his younger brother Samuel, 14, escaped Libya by buying seats in a boat headed to Mineo, Greece. Mineo has become a temporary refuge for thousands of Christians and other members of religious minority groups trying to escape persecution at the hands of ISIS militants seeking to establish a caliphate throughout Africa. more >>