An Islamic State affiliate group in the Philippines that beheaded a Canadian hostage earlier this week plotted to kidnap famed Christian boxer Manny Pacquiao or one of his children, the Pacific island country's president has warned.
Philippines president Benigno Aquino III announced Wednesday that the militant group Abu Sayyaf, whose leader has pledged allegiance to IS (also known as the ISIS or ISIL), "hatched plots" to kidnap the former world champion professional boxer or one of his children as a way of gaining leverage to negotiate the release of jailed militants.
Aquino also explained that Abu Sayyaf plotted to to kidnap his sister, Kris Aquino, a famous Filipino actress and talk show host, or one of her children. Additionally, Aquino stated that the terrorist group might be planning an assassination attempt against him. more >>
Islamist terrorists on the island of Jolo in southern Philippines beheaded Canadian hostage John Ridsdel and threw his severed head in a plastic bag to be found by police. More than 20 other foreign hostages are still being held captive.
"We have received information that a headless body was found … of a Caucasian man in Jolo City, Jolo Island," Dick Gordon, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross, said, according to National Post. "It appears to have been decapitated."
Police identified the head as that of 68-year-old Ridsdel. There is no information about Ridsdel's companions — a Canadian, Robert Hall, his Filipino girlfriend, Marites Flor, and a Norwegian, Kjartan Sekkingstad — who had also been abducted by the militants belonging to the Abu Sayyaf Islamist group. more >>
A Christian woman in Pakistan was brutally attacked and gang-raped by two young Muslim men while her husband was away serving in the army.
The attackers also threatened the woman's young daughter, the British Pakistani Christian Association said on Monday, forcing her to comply to their demands.
"The men treated me like an animal, telling me I was a worthless Christian, but I know my God is a great God. When I screamed they told me that they knew my husband was away and that I was unprotected. They threatened to kill my child if I did not comply with their perverse demands," said the victim, 30-year-old Asia Mushtaq from the Toba Tak Singh district. more >>
Documents regarding salaries and bonuses paid to Islamic State fighters have revealed that radical militants are not only encouraged, but rewarded for keeping more sex slaves, as well as for having more children and wives, who are often forced into marriage.
Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi, a British scholar who obtained the documents and shared them with the media, revealed that the base salary for a single IS (also known as ISIS and ISIL) fighter was only $50 a month, but the payment was doubled for each wife, or each "female captive," or sex slave, that a fighter would keep. Each child under the age of 15 also brought in an additional $35.
The Washington Post reported that the documents come directly from IS' self-declared Caliphate over Iraq and Syria, where the terror group continues to hold significant territory. Al-Tamimi offered in his analysis that the records suggest IS is struggling to compensate its members, and is being forced to ration electricity, fuel and other resources. more >>
The sons of a slain Ethiopian woman who was beaten mercilessly by her husband after she converted from Islam to Christianity last year have given their lives to Christ after witnessing their mother's strong faith in Jesus.
According to global Christian persecution watchdog Open Doors USA, a Christian convert named Workitu, a mother in her 50s, was killed by her husband and a neighbor at the end of March in the Addis Ababa after she refused her husband's demands to sell government drought relief aid.
Christians in the Muslim-dominated town told Open Doors that prior to Workitu's fatal beating in March, she had already endured a number of relentless beatings from her husband after she converted to Christianity last August. more >>
Five Christian girls have been kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam just this month, according to a human rights group that monitors ongoing abuses of religious minorities in Pakistan.
"In April in the area of Kasur alone, five Christian girls were kidnapped and converted to Islam and forced to marry their captors. These girls are denied the legal protection of individual rights," said Sardar Mushtaq Gill, a lawyer with Legal Evangelical Association Development in Pakistan.
Fides News Agency reported Monday that the latest victim was 23-year-old Laveeza Bibi from the Kasur district in Punjab, who earlier this month was kidnapped by two Muslims who stormed her house armed with guns, kidnapping the girl and threatening her parents. more >>