CAIRO — Egypt said on Sunday that it had killed 19 militants linked to an ambush that left seven Christian pilgrims dead, as President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi scrambled to respond to a surge of Christian anger against his government.
The Interior Ministry said Egyptian forces had killed the militants during a chase through a mountainous area in the desert west of the ancient monastery where gunmen opened fire on three buses filled with pilgrimson Friday.
Six of the seven pilgrims killed in the attack came from the same extended family, Coptic Orthodox officials said.
The announcement on Sunday was accompanied by graphic photographs of bloodied bodies lying in the sand. But it offered few details about the circumstances of the raid, including its timing or whether the government had experienced any casualties.
Egypt routinely publicizes such raids, yet questions persist about why the security forces are unable to stop militant attacks. Outrage over Friday’s attack — the deadliest against Christians in almost a year — was fanned by the fact that militants carried out a similar ambush at almost the same location in May 2017, killing 28 pilgrims. read more…
October 29, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – They lived in a village on the rural plains of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The family consisted of a six-year-old boy, Ruben, and his two parents.
They were unusual for two reasons.
Firstly, the family is Christian in a land that is predominately Hindu.
Secondly, both mother and father are blind. Ruben’s mother lost her sight when she was a child, and his father, a Christian pastor, has been blind from birth.
Mercifully, Ruben was born fully sighted.
They were unusual in another regard. Ruben’s father, although blind, was an active and committed preacher of the Gospel. Often of an evening, small groups of Christians would gather at the family home. There they would pray – for each other and the world around them – they would read the Bible and sing hymns rejoicing in the faith they had been given.
One night all this ended. A group of men arrived at the home when just such a Christian gathering was taking place. The men started to attack the assembled Christians. The attackers targeted Ruben’s parents in particular.
Then the family was taken to a local police station, where more humiliation was in store for them. Not only were the couple beaten again, but Ruben’s mother was stripped naked in front of her son. She could not see the fear and pain in her son’s eyes; she didn’t need to. Eventually, the whole family was cast into prison to await trial. read more…
Police officers in India’s Tamil Nadu state reportedly attacked and injured worshipers during a house church service earlier this month as hostility against Christianity in India continues.
Five police officers and a female police inspector named Jeyalakshmi interrupted a praise and worship service happening in an underground house church on the night of Oct. 6 in the Kanyakumari District town of Aralvaimozhi, Morning Star News reports.
Pastor Yesudas told the persecution news website that the police officers disrupted the service and abused him with “filthy language.” When the congregants asked what they did wrong, Yesudas explained that the police officers started physically attacking the worshippers.
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Yesudas claims that the police inspector held him by the neck and beat him in the stomach and back.
“My wife and the believers tried to protect me, but they were also injured,” Yesudas explained. “We did not know what to do and tried to phone call pastors from neighboring areas.”
Pastor Yesudas called on his friend Pastor Satyaseelan to come to the church and help after the attack.
“Pastor and his wife were injured and howling in pain,” Satyaseelan was quoted as saying. “Chairs and Bibles could be seen thrown aside. read more…
JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslims attacked a market in Kaduna state, in north-central Nigeria, on Thursday (Oct. 18), killing dozens of Christians and burning a church building, sources said.
Area residents said a Muslim at the market in Kasuwan Magani, 36 kilometers (22 miles) south of the city of Kaduna, began yelling “Thief!” in the late afternoon in a move calculated to cause pandemonium ahead of an attack on Christians and their homes and businesses.
“A Muslim raised a false alarm about a thief in the market, which caused stampede, and then other Muslims started chanting ‘Allahu Akbar [the jihadist slogan, God is Greater],’ attacking Christians, burning houses and shops belonging to Christians in the town,” area resident Kefas Mallam told Morning Star News.
The Rev. James Moore of the town’s Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), told Morning Star News that the assailants burned down one church building belonging to the Cherubim and Seraphim movement.
“There was an alert of a thief in the market,” he said. “When people heard ‘Thief! Thief!’ they were confused and started running. Unknown to the people, it was a strategy by the Muslim youth to attack the people. They went into killings, looting and burning.”
Moore, who is the area district secretary of the ECWA, said it was difficult to give a definitive casualty figure as the town was in complete lockdown following imposition of a 24-hour curfew the night of the attack. Kaduna Gov. Nasir El-Rufai visited the site in the Kajuru Local Government Area on Friday (Oct. 19) and said 55 people had been killed. read more…