Muslims Behead Dozens of Ethiopian Christians in Latest ISIS Video

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Full video linked below. via Islamic State kills Ethiopian Christians in Libya | CNS News.

CAIRO (AP) — Islamic State militants in Libya shot and beheaded groups of captive Ethiopian Christians, a video purportedly from the extremists showed Sunday. The attack widens the circle of nations affected by the group’s atrocities while showing its growth beyond a self-declared “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq.

The release of the 29-minute video comes a day after Afghanistan’s president blamed the extremists for a suicide attack in his country that killed at least 35 people — and underscores the chaos gripping Libya after its 2011 civil war and the killing of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

It also mirrored a film released in February showing militants beheading 21 captured Egyptian Christians on a Libyan beach, which immediately drew Egyptian airstrikes on the group’s suspected positions in Libya. Whether Ethiopia would — or could — respond with similar military force remains unclear.

Ethiopia long has drawn the anger of Islamic extremists over its military’s attacks on neighboring Somalia, whose population is almost entirely Muslim. While the militant in the video at one point said “Muslim blood that was shed under the hands of your religion is not cheap,” it did not specifically mention the Ethiopian government’s actions.

The video, released via militant social media accounts and websites, could not be independently verified by The Associated Press. However, it corresponded to other videos released by the Islamic State group and bore the symbol of its al-Furqan media arm.

The video starts with what it called a history of Christian-Muslim relations, followed by scenes of militants destroying churches, graves and icons. A masked fighter brandishing a pistol delivers a long statement, saying Christians must convert to Islam or pay a special tax prescribed by the Quran.

It shows one group of captives, identified as Ethiopian Christians, purportedly held by an Islamic State affiliate in eastern Libya known as Barqa Province. It also shows another purportedly held by an affiliate in the southern Libyan calling itself the Fazzan Province. The video then switches between footage of the captives in the south being shot dead and the captives in the east being beheaded on a beach. It was not immediately possible to estimate how many captives were killed or confirm their identities.


Watch the video at Heavy.com. who writes:

The video begins with a long introduction of a rant against Christendom, but the gore begins at around 25-minutes where a pistol brandishing jihadist claims that Christians must convert to Islam or pay a special tax in the Quran known as Jizya.

First a line of alleged Ethiopian Christians are lined up and shot in the back of the head. After that, the scene cuts to a beach where another group of alleged Ethiopian Christians are beheaded in much a similar way to the February beheadings of the Coptic Christians.

Niger: Muslims burn 68 churches

Missing from mainstream media coverage in March. via The Alabama Baptist – A Resource for Christian Living. h/t Jihad Watch

NIAMEY, Niger — At least 68 churches, two of which were Baptist, have been burned in the West African country of Niger.

Panlieba Tchalieni, president of the Union of Evangelical Baptist Churches of Niger, reported that the church burnings, carried out by Muslim extremist group Boko Haram, occurred in the Zinder region and Niamey.

“In terms of Baptist churches in Niger, we have two churches that are burned: the first evangelical church in Niger built in 1928 and another behind the Niger River built 15 years ago,” Tchalieni said.

Boko Haram, a Nigerian-based radical jihadist group that seeks to establish Sharia law, has extended its activities to other countries in West Africa, including Niger, where it has carried out recent attacks in the southeast.

Thousands of civilians fled their homes in the southeastern Niger town of Diffa. The area was already under stress, providing refuge to some 150,000 people who crossed the border to escape the violence in northern Nigeria.

Niger, which shares much of its southern border with Nigeria, declared a 15-day state of emergency in Diffa after a series of attacks by Boko Haram.

Kojo Amo of Ghana, chairman of the western region of the All Africa Baptist Fellowship, appealed for prayer and support for the Christian church in Niger. “Please let us remember Christians in Niger in our prayers that the Lord will strengthen them in the faith during this difficult time.”

(BWA)

 

Nigeria: Muslims abduct 500 women and children, using as human shields

“…to create a caliphate in northern Nigeria.”

via Boko Haram extremists kidnap hundreds, including children, as human shields.

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Hundreds of civilians, including many children, have been kidnapped and are being used as human shields by Boko Haram extremists, a top Nigerian official confirmed Wednesday.

Several hundred people were abducted by the Islamic militants as they retreated earlier this month from Damasak in northeastern Nigeria, Mike Omeri, the Nigerian spokesman for the fight against Boko Haram, told The Associated Press Wednesday. He said he could not specify how many were kidnapped but local reports say as many as 500 people were taken.

The Islamic rebels went to Damasak’s primary schools and rounded up students and teachers and then retreated, said Omeri.

via Nigeria: Hundreds of women and children kidnapped, locals say | euronews, world news.

In Damasak, Souleymane Ali told Reuters: “They took 506 young women and children. They killed about 50 of them before leaving.”Boko Haram, which also abducted 300 schoolgirls in the region last April, wants to create a caliphate in northern Nigeria.

And: Boko Haram just took 500 ‘young women and children’

Using children to carry and detonate explosives is not a new tactic for Boko Haram, but it is an intensification,” Elizabeth Donnelly, assistant head of Chatham House’s Africa program in London, told NBC. “Boko Haram has been abducting and conscripting children and young men and women for a long period for various purposes. They will be seen by the movement as expendable resources.”

Last week, Agence France-Presse and other news organizations reported that “dozens of Nigerian women who were forced to marry Boko Haram fighters were slaughtered by their ‘husbands’ before a battle with troops” in the northeast town of Bama. Witnesses told AFP  that “they killed the women to prevent them from subsequently marrying soldiers or other so-called non-believers. … ‘The terrorists said they will not allow their wives to be married to infidels,’ said Sharifatu Bakura, 39, a mother of three.”

No one knows what will happen to the 500 children said on Tuesday to be taken by Boko Haram. But the rationale behind their capture seems all but certain to local experts. “The very young ones, they will give to the madrassas,” Borno state Senator Maina Maaji Lawan told the BBC,” referring to Islamic religious schools. “And the male ones between 16 and 25, they conscript them and they indoctrinate them as supply channels for their horrible missions.”

And:

It is believed the mass kidnapping happened on March 16 but the details are only coming through now.

via Newsweek:

 According to the Council on Foreign Relations, Boko Haram killed over 10,000 people in 2014, the deadliest year in their six-year insurgency against Nigerian authorities in hope of creating an Islamic caliphate. They have already reportedly slain more than 2,000 people in the first months of 2015 following a series of mass killings in the town of Baga, in the state of Borno.


A reader reminds that in 2014, Kerry and Clinton warned Nigeria for attacking the Muslim terrorists. And Obama Threatened Nigeria with Sanctions in 2013 for Fighting Boko Haram.

NY: Muslim Gets 25 Years for 1998 Embassy Bombings; Could be Out in 8

224 people were killed in the attacks. via Egyptian Gets 25-Year Term in 1998 Embassy Bombings; Judge Calls Plea Deal Generous – NYTimes.com.

An Egyptian man who admitted to helping Osama bin Laden issue threats and make claims of responsibility for terrorist bombings was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Friday, a result of a deal that the judge said was generous.

“You are the beneficiary of what in my mind is an enormously generous plea bargain made by the United States attorney’s office,” the judge, Lewis A. Kaplan, told the defendant, Adel Abdul Bary, in Federal District Court in Manhattan.

Mr. Bary, 54, was arrested in Britain in 1999 and extradited to the United States in 2012. The judge said Mr. Bary would most likely receive credit for the time he had served and could be eligible for release in just over eight years.

The plea agreement also states that if Mr. Bary applied to serve his sentence in Britain, the United States attorney’s office would not take any position on the matter, and such a decision would ultimately be up to the Justice Department. But the judge made it clear he did not believe that Mr. Bary should be allowed to serve his sentence outside this country.

“This was as serious a crime against American citizens as I can imagine,” Judge Kaplan said, “and the punishment, in my view, ought to be served in the United States, and more particularly under the control of the United States.”

Mr. Bary pleaded guilty to conspiring to kill Americans and two other counts related to making threats.

He once led the London cell of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, a terrorist organization that was headed by Ayman al-Zawahri, now the leader of Al Qaeda, prosecutors have said.

Mr. Bary had been charged with more than 280 counts, including murder, stemming from the nearly simultaneous attacks on Aug. 7, 1998, on the embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which killed 224 people and wounded thousands.

Prosecutors allowed Mr. Bary to plead guilty to the lesser counts, saying in court papers that he had “limited” direct involvement in and foreknowledge of the bombings and that his primary role was that of a “communications facilitator.”

The judge had held up approval of the plea agreement, asking the prosecution and the defense to explain why the deal, which resulted in a maximum sentence of 25 years, was justified in a case that involved so many deaths.

On Friday, Mr. Bary’s lawyer, Andrew G. Patel, noted that his client had made public statements opposing violence, but a prosecutor, Sean S. Buckley, said such a portrayal was belied by the record.

In pleading guilty last September, Mr. Bary said he had knowingly agreed with Mr. Zawahri and others to “kill American citizens anywhere in the world, either civilian or military.”

Mr. Patel, in sentencing papers, also cited a period largely in the 1980s when his client was repeatedly imprisoned and tortured by the Egyptian government. If that happened, “it was horrific,” Judge Kaplan said, adding that “there is too much horror in this world” and people “doing unspeakable things” to people.

“We can’t as a human race seem to put it behind us,” the judge said.

Mr. Bary spoke briefly through an Arabic translator, apologizing to the victims.

A family member of two victims, Edith L. Bartley, addressed the court before the sentence was imposed. Ms. Bartley’s father, Julian L. Bartley Sr., the consul general in Nairobi, and her brother, Julian L. Bartley Jr., a student working as an intern at the Kenya embassy, died in the blast there.

Ms. Bartley, with her mother, Sue, watching from the spectator section, described how hard it still was for victims’ families almost 17 years later. Looking at Mr. Bary, she said, “We want to ensure he has to think about his responsibility for these murders for the rest of his life.”

 

Muslim terrorists Boko Haram reportedly kill 2,000 and raze 16 towns in Nigeria

Number killed range from hundreds to thousands as the media can’t keep up with the jihadists. via 2,000 Killed by Boko Haram in Nigeria Town, Say Reports.

Yola, Nigeria: Hundreds of bodies – too many to count – remain strewn in the bush in Nigeria from an Islamic extremist attack that Amnesty International suggested on Friday is the “deadliest massacre” in the history of Boko Haram.

A report by the organisation stated that there are reports that the town of Baga was razed and as many as 2,000 people were killed.

If true, “this marks a disturbing and bloody escalation of Boko Haram’s ongoing onslaught,” said Daniel Eyre, Nigeria researcher for Amnesty International.

Mike Omeri, the government spokesman on the insurgency, said fighting continued on Friday for Baga, a town on the border with Chad where insurgents seized a key military base on January 3 and attacked again on Wednesday.

“Security forces have responded rapidly, and have deployed significant military assets and conducted airstrikes against militant targets,” Omeri said in a statement.

District head Baba Abba Hassan said most victims are children, women and elderly people who could not run fast enough when insurgents drove into Baga, firing rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles on town residents.

“The human carnage perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists in Baga was enormous,” Muhammad Abba Gava, a spokesman for poorly armed civilians in a defense group that fights Boko Haram, said.

He said the civilian fighters gave up on trying to count all the bodies. “No one could attend to the corpses and even the seriously injured ones who may have died by now,” Gava said.

The previous bloodiest day in the uprising involved soldiers gunning down unarmed detainees freed in a March 14, 2014, attack on Giwa military barracks in Maiduguri city. Amnesty said then that satellite imagery indicated more than 600 people were killed that day.

The 5-year insurgency killed more than 10,000 people last year alone, according to the Washington-based Council on Foreign Relations. More than a million people are displaced inside Nigeria and hundreds of thousands have fled across its borders into Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria.

Emergency workers said this week they are having a hard time coping with scores of children separated from their parents in the chaos of Boko Haram’s increasingly frequent and deadly attacks.

Just seven children have been reunited with parents in Yola, capital of Adamawa state, where about 140 others have no idea if their families are alive or dead, said Sa’ad Bello, the coordinator of five refugee camps in Yola.

He said he was optimistic that more reunions will come as residents return to towns that the military has retaken from extremists in recent weeks.

Suleiman Dauda, 12, said he ran into the bushes with neighbors when extremists attacked his village, Askira Uba, near Yola last year.

“I saw them kill my father, they slaughtered him like a ram. And up until now I don’t know where my mother is,” he told The Associated Press at Daware refugee camp in Yola.


via BBC News – Boko Haram seizes army base in Nigeria town of Baga.

One unnamed resident of the town described what had happened for the BBC:

When you see soldiers running away into the town – what are you to do, other than to just run away as well?”

“Yesterday at around 05:00 [04:00 GMT] we were woken up by heavy gunshots, and we couldn’t identify where the shots were coming from.

“They came through the north, the west and from the southern part of the town because the eastern part is only water. So, when we [went] towards the western part, we saw heavily armed Boko Haram men coming towards us.

“The soldiers were trying to repel the attack but that wasn’t going to happen because a lot of the soldiers were without their guns and some were running into the town. When you see soldiers running away into the town – what are you to do, other than to just run away as well?”

Maina Maaji Lawan, senator for Borno North, told BBC World Service civilians had run “helter skelter” – “some into the forest, some into the desert”.

Communications with the town were cut off and exact information about casualty numbers could not be confirmed, he said.

via Amnesty Press Release: Nigeria: Massacre possibly deadliest in Boko Haram’s history

Boko Haram Releases Video of Mass Execution of 100 Non-Muslims

Militants Filmed Massacre of Around 100 Defenseless Non-Muslims with AK-47s from Point-Blank Range

via Boko Haram Releases Video of Mass Execution of Non-Muslims : Persecution : http://www.persecution.org.

12/22/2014 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Late Saturday evening, international journalists received a video from members of the Boko Haram insurgency depicting the execution of around 100 non-Muslims in a dormitory-style hall reportedly located in Bama, a remote town in northeast Nigeria. A previous video released by the insurgency declaring the establishment of its Islamic caliphate depicted the execution of dozens of civilians laid face-down in a mass grave dug in former Christian stronghold, Gwoza. Saturday’s release went above and beyond previous Boko Haram productions, paralleling the barbarism of videos issued by the Islamic State in Iraq. The number of dead remains unconfirmed as additional reports from Bama (only 40 miles north of Gwoza) continue to make their way to international press outlets.

Set to music, the 11-minute video depicts Boko Haram militants, some dressed in camouflage, others in flannel and jeans, loading fresh magazines into AK-47s before filing into a long, dormitory-style hall filled with “infidels” (or non-Muslims) curled against one another on the floor. Upon entering, some of the men depicted begin to indiscriminately shoot at the bodies covering the floor before targeting those that move in response to the gunfire. The victims’ cries, heard between the gunshots, are drowned out by young men chanting, “Allahu Akbar” (or “Allah is Great”) while peering in on the massacre through the hall’s barred windows.

While it remains unclear how many of the victims were professed Christians, the film’s speaker states, “We have made sure the floor of this hall is turned red with blood, and this is how it is going to be in all future attacks and arrests of infidels (or non-Muslims).” The speaker continued, saying, “From now, killing, slaughtering, destruction and bombing will be our religious duty anywhere we invade.”

The mass execution follows the insurgency’s abduction of an estimated 185 women and children following the massacre of dozens of villagers in Gumsuri village on December 14. Eyewitnesses of the attack reported 33 villagers killed by Boko Haram militants shouting, “Allahu Akbar.” News of the attack and mass kidnapping was released to international press Thursday after survivors made the several-day journey to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno, Nigeria’s most northeastern state and birthplace to the Boko Haram insurgency.

A video released by the insurgency earlier this year depicted Shekau—thought to have been killed by Nigerian security forces last year—promising to sell more than 270 mostly Christian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram militants in April “on the market.” More than eight months following their abduction, 220 girls remain missing and are suspected of having been forcibly converted to Islam and sold into lifetimes of sexual and domestic slavery as child brides to their militant captors for as little as $12 USD.

Open Doors’ World Watch List ranked Nigeria the most dangerous country in the world for Christians to reside in 2013. Since its radicalization in 2009, Nigerian Christians have been all but eradicated from the country’s northeast by Boko Haram. Responsible for the deaths of more than 14,000 Nigerians since 2009, Boko Haram has single handedly killed an estimated 1,800 Christians this year alone.

ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa, Cameron Thomas, said, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims of this inexcusable atrocity. Militants, armed with AK-47s and a perverted theology of violence and bloodshed, have decimated community after community on their rampage across Nigeria’s northeast. Boko Haram has laid waste to the Nigerian church, slaughtering believers for their refusal to convert to Islam, abducting and enslaving schoolgirls for their Christian faith, and murdering pastors for preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ. The insurgency can and must be eliminated before its caliphate spreads, claiming innocent lives with each and every advance.”

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Kenya: Muslim group stops bus, kills 28 non-Muslims who failed to recite Koran

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via Kenya bus attack: Al-Shabaab militants kill 28 non-Muslims who failed to recite Koran – The Independent.

Terror organisation al-Shabaab have claimed an attack that killed 28 people on a bus in Northern Kenya.

Around 100 gunmen, who are believed to have travelled over the border in Mandera county from Somalia, took the bus off the road before separating the passengers.

It is believed they asked travellers to recite passages from the Koran, shooting dead those who were unable to prove they were practising Muslims.

A statement on a website linked to the extremist organisation said the attack was carried out in retaliation for security raids on mosques in the coastal city of Mombassa earlier this week.

Kenya’s Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government claimed on their official account earlier today: “Attackers camp has been destroyed by KDF using helicopters and jets, many killed, operations continue.”

The bus was travelling to the Kenyan capital Nairobi when it was stopped in the northern county that borders Somalia.

Around 60 people were on the bus at the time of the attack, and it is thought that among the dead are Kenyan public servants – including four police officers – who were heading to the capital for the Christmas holiday.

Mandera East deputy County Commissioner Elvis Korir said the passengers were then separated into two groups. The Somali passengers watched in horror as non-Somalis were herded away from the bus and then killed.

Mr Korir added that many details over the attack remain unclear, but the deaths underscore fears over the lack of security, especially in the remote parts of northern Kenya.

 

 

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