An official with the Church of Pakistan has confirmed that a Christian couple was beaten and burned alive over a false accusation made by their employer who claimed they ripped pages out of a Quran and threw them into a brick kiln furnace.
Raheel Sharoon, development officer of the Diocese of Raiwind, said Thursday that Shehzad Masih and his wife, Shamah — who were beaten in the streets Tuesday by a Muslim mob of 1,500 to 1,600 that tore off their clothes beat them before throwning them into a furnace — were killed because their employer said they owed him money, and he started the rumor to exact revenge.
"The real story is that the owner of brick kiln, Yousaf Gujjar, lent some money to the couple and when he asked for the money to be returned there was a confrontation since a majority of brick kiln workers cannot return their loans in cash, but do it by working at the brick kiln. After which he started spreading rumors of desecration of the Quran," Sharoon said, according to the Episcopal News Service. more >>
Although the birth of the Islamic state and the herald of the caliphate are often regarded as some of 2014's "big shockers," they were foretold in striking detail and with an accurate timeline by an al-Qaeda insider nearly one decade ago.
On August 12, 2005, Spiegel Online International published an article titled "The Future of Terrorism: What al-Qaeda Really Wants." Written by Yassin Musharbash, the article was essentially a review of a book written by Fouad Hussein, a Jordanian journalist with close access to al-Qaeda and its affiliates, including the late Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who pioneered the videotaping of beheadings "to strike terror into the hearts" of infidels (Koran 3:151).
As Hussein explained in the introduction of his book Al Zarqawi: Al Qaeda's Second Generation: "I interviewed a whole range of al-Qaeda members with different ideologies to get an idea of how the war between the terrorists and Washington would develop in the future." more >>
A man who was jailed in Pakistan after being accused of making blasphemous remarks about Islam was killed by a police officer Thursday morning when he was chopped to death with an axe, police officials said.
Fifty-five-year-old, Tufail Haider, who is of Shi'ite Muslim faith, was arrested late Wednesday night, in the town of Gujrat in the Punjab province, after people overheard him making blasphemous remarks about the companions of the Prophet Muhammed. The group of people proceeded to attack Haider, and once they beat him down, they turned him over to authorities.
According to a fellow police officer, the same officer that brought Haider into the precinct and booked him, Faraz Naveed, was the same officer responsible for Haider's murder just a few hours later at 5 a.m. more >>
A regulatory price list recently released by the Islamic State leadership shows that ISIS militants are selling captured Christian and Yazidi girls, as young as one to nine years old, as sex slaves and charging nearly three to four times the amount that they would charge for a grown woman.
A document obtained by IraqiNews.com, issued by the Islamic State, puports to be an updated price guide detailing how ISIS fighters must price their spoils of war, which include female slaves and cattle. The document, which is dated Oct. 16 and was first reported earlier this week, claims that ISIS' sex slave and cattle trading markets have seen a recent decline in demand, and because of that, ISIS' overall revenue has been affected.
The document states that price changes are needed in the face of ISIS' declining revenue from those markets. The terrorists must now abide by the new pricing scheme, or else they could face execution for disobeying Islamic State law. more >>
A monitoring agency reported on Thursday that the U.S.-led coalition has conducted airstrikes for the first time against the Ahrar al-Sham Islamic rebel group in Syria, but a senior U.S. military official denied those specific attacks.
"Coalition warplanes targeted vehicle for Jabhat al-Nusra in Sarmada town near Syria-Turkey borders, and its HQ in Harim city, reports of human losses (including two children). Coalition warplanes also targeted for the first time a HQ for Ahrar al-Sham Islamic movement in Basbqa town near Bab al-Hawa crossing," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has been monitoring the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
A senior U.S. military official, who wasn't named, denied the information and told CNN that airstrikes on Wednesday night targeted the Khorasan Group, but not the al-Nusra or any other groups. more >>
At least 44 people have been arrested in Pakistan in connection with the grisly murder of a Christian couple who were beaten to death and cremated for allegedly desecrating a Quran.
"We have arrested 44 people, it was a local issue incited by the mullah of a local mosque," said Jawad Qamar, a regional police chief from Kot Radha Kishan, Punjab province, according to The Guardian. "No particular sectarian group or religious outfit was behind the attack."
The victims were identified as 28-year-old Shahzad Masih and 25-year-old Shama Bibi, according to International Christian Concern. The married Christian couple was attacked by a mob of angry Muslims on Monday, allegedly for burning a copy of the Islamic holy book and throwing it away. The couple was murdered and their bodies were cremated. more >>