Barnabas News in Brief

July 18, 2013 by  
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Iraq: kidnapped man described as “Christian infidel” found dead in truck

iraqi christiansA Christian man has been found dead in the vehicle he was driving when he was kidnapped on 27 May.

The body of Salem Dawood Coca (63) from Batnaya, northern Iraq, was discovered on 8 July. The kidnappers had contacted his family, describing him as a “Christian infidel”, but had not demanded a ransom.

Salem’s truck was booby-trapped with explosives, and it is thought that his captors had tried to force him to carry out a suicide bombing but he had refused.

The Christian community in Iraq has suffered targeted kidnappings and killings since the 2003 US-led invasion.

Pakistan: church attacked by Islamic extremists; police guard shot dead

Pakistani ChristiansA police officer was shot dead while guarding a church when it came under attack by two Islamic extremists.

The church in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, was targeted on 5 July. The assailants tried to enter the building, where two ministers were inside, and opened fire when one of the two police guards tried to stop them. He died instantly.

The church had asked for protection from the local authorities after receiving threats. Tensions had been raised by the province’s chief minister, Pervez Kharrak, who said that Muslims could not be street cleaners or janitors; “only minorities could do those jobs”.

Nigeria: Four BokoHaram suspects jailed for life for attacks on church and office

Boko Haram suspectsFour suspected members of the Islamist militant group BokoHaram have been sentenced to life imprisonment for their part in deadly bomb attacks on a church and an electoral commission office.

The men were found guilty of masterminding and carrying out the attacks, which took place in July and April 2012 respectively; 19 people were killed in total.

These are the heaviest sentences given to any BokoHaram suspects. A fifth was jailed for ten years, while a sixth was acquitted. The Nigerian authorities say they have arrested hundreds of militants as part of a major operation against BokoHaram, which is fighting to establish an Islamic state in the North.

– barnabas team

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