Nigeria: Thousands displaced as Muslim Fulani militants reportedly occupy over 100 mainly Christian villages in Kaduna state

Although exact figures are disputed locally, more than 100 predominately Christian villages in Nigeria’s Kaduna are reported to now be occupied by Fulani Islamic militants, persecution watchdog International Christian Concern (ICC) reported last week. Thousands of residents from the occupied villages have reportedly been displaced by the terrorists. Nevertheless, ICC said, “disagreements over attacks and incidents have led to the confusion and furthered the problems that have plagued the Middle Belt Crisis.”

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Killing Of Swiss Missionary in Mali Prompts Prayers

The murder of Swiss evangelical missionary Beatrice Stöckli by Islamic militants in Mali has prompted an aid group to appeal for prayers.

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Nigeria: Islamic State terrorists release video showing abducted pastor still alive

A video released on October 29 shows that a pastor in Nigeria who was abducted by Islamic terrorists on October 19 is still alive, Morning Star News reports. Appealing to the governor of Plateau state and to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and denominational Christian leaders for help, the Rev. Polycarp Zongo of the Church of Christ In Nations (COCIN) says that he is together with two Christian women who were also abducted by the “caliphate” militants of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

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Islamic Militants Kill Nigeria Christians As Violence Spreads

Christians are among those singled out for deadly attacks as violence spreads throughout Nigeria, Christian rights investigators warned Thursday.

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Swiss missionary executed by Al-Qaeda, after being kidnapped for a second time in Timbuktu

A Swiss missionary was executed by Islamic extremists in Timbuktu, Mali last month, Christianity Today reports. Beatrice Stöckli was kidnapped in January 2016 by an Islamist terrorist organization connected to Al-Qaeda.

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Somaliland Christians Fear More Executions After Detention Couple For Evangelism (Worthy News In-depth)

Christians in the self-declared nation of Somaliland fear more executions and other persecution after a married couple was detained for evangelism, Worthy News learned.

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Slaughter of Christians in Nigeria continues unchecked

According to the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom or Belief (APPG), Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari “has done virtually nothing to address” the killings and kidnappings of Christians in Nigeria by Muslim Fulani herdsmen. Therefore, the murderous persecution of Christians in Nigeria continues unchecked. In one attack this month, a pastor and two church members were killed and two were kidnapped. Then, days later, a church elder was shot in the stomach while his teenage twin daughters were kidnapped, Morning Star News (MSN) reports.

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Eritrea Releases 69 Christian Prisoners After Years In Jail

Eritrea released at least 69 Christian prisoners this month, including many detained in horrific circumstances for their faith “for up to 16 years without trial,” aid workers told Worthy News.

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Christian watchdog says abduction of Coptic Christian women and girls in Egypt is a “bane”

A Christian watchdog group has published a report describing the widespread trafficking and abduction of Coptic Christian women and girls in Egypt as a “bane”, CBN News reports. Coptic Solidarity released its report "Jihad of the Womb: Trafficking of Coptic Women & Girls in Egypt" last Thursday. The report will be submitted to United Nations agencies and the US Office for Trafficking in Persons.

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