Muslim Raiders Take Machetes And Hack 80 Random Christians To Death In Series Of “Horrendous And Inhuman” Attacks

Muslim Raiders Take Machetes And Hack 80 Random Christians To Death In Series Of “Horrendous And Inhuman” Attacks

Muslim raiders have been engaged for years in a campaign of terror against the Christians of Nigeria. This month alone Muslims have hacked over 80 Christians to death with machetes and countless more live in fear, not knowing if they will live to the next day:

More than 80 Nigerian Christians have been slaughtered at the hands of radical Islamic herdsmen this month, with major Christian groups decrying the “inhuman” violence, as survivors describe what it felt like to be hacked by machetes.

Persecution watchdog group International Christian Concern said on Monday that more than 80 Christians have died in Benue State since Jan. 1, with 50 deaths in Logo and another 30 in Guma County.

The shooting and machete attacks have been carried out by Fulani herdsmen, nomadic Muslims who graze their cattle throughout the country, and for the past couple of years have been targeting Christian farmers who stand in their way.

Survivors described some of the attacks, with one man identified only as Vershima explaining how he and others had been ambushed on Jan. 3 by armed Fulani.

The herdsmen “opened fire on us, killing three of the people I was conveying and injuring me,” the man said, who was shot in the chest and left for dead.

Another survivor, named Peter, a local cattle guard, said the attackers who went after him “were people I had interfaced with in that community.”

“I got up and called them by their names and tried to wrestle the machete they had out of their hands, but to no avail. I was overpowered and they began to cut me,” said Peter, who is now in a hospital recovering from his wounds.

Officials in Benue passed an anti-open grazing bill last year which was seen as an attempt to put an end to the roaming and violence of the Fulani, but as ICC pointed out, the effort has “failed thus far.”

The Rev. Musa Asake, the General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, came out with a major address last week, speaking on his “grave concern” for the continued attacks believers in the country are facing, both at the hands of the Fulani, and other terrorists, such as Boko Haram.

Asake said Benue, in particular, has seen “horrendous and inhuman attacks” going back to 2013, and accused government forces of not only not doing enough to protect citizens, but in some cases of collaborating with the herdsmen.

In detailing one attack on New Year’s Day in Ilorin, the General Secretary said that security agents refused to intervene until three churches were burned.

“This pattern suggests collusion of the Security Units with the Islamist militia operating under such names as Fulani herdsmen, Boko Haram, ‘unknown gunmen,’ and ‘group of vandals,'” Asake asserted.

He also pointed to the Nigerian Air Force bombing a Christian IDP Camp in January 2017, leaving over 200 Christian refugees dead, which was presented to the nation as an accident.

“In December 2017, an Air Force spokesperson confirmed that the Nigerian Air Force sent an Alpha Jet and an EC 135 attack helicopter to fire ‘warning’ shots at Islamist militia attacking Christians in Numan, Adamawa state, but not to kill them,” Asake continued.

“The villagers were later to report that the jet actually bombed the Christian villages resulting in the death of over 50 people, while the Nigerian Air Force said it merely fired warning shots at the Islamist militia attacking the villagers. This is jihad as we cannot understand fired warning shots in the narrative of this attack.”

CAN further accused President Muhammadu Buhari of failing to run Nigeria with Democratic values, and argued that he has “no respect for human rights.”

“Under President Buhari, the murderous Fulani herdsmen enjoyed unprecedented protection and favoritism to the extent that the herdsmen treat Nigeria as a conquered territory,” the statement read.

“Rather than arrest and prosecute the Fulani herdsmen, security forces usually manned by Muslims from the North offer them protection as they unleash terror with impunity on the Nigerian people.”

Buhari has insisted on a number of occasions that he is taking the Fulani attacks very seriously, and that his government is doing all it can to bring them under control.

“The president assured Nigerians that the rising attacks on communities by herdsmen will soon be brought under control by security forces deployed to the vulnerable areas across the country,” noted a statement this week regarding a meeting between Buhari and the Board of Directors of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group in Abuja.

“He said the unfortunate incident of attacks, which had resulted in loss of lives and properties, had already brought sorrow and hardship on many Nigerians, with the government deeply affected,” it added. (source)


Persecuted Christian Pastor Turns Up Dead After He Complains To Police About Attacks From Hindu Terrorists

Persecuted Christian Pastor Turns Up Dead After He Complains To Police About Attacks From Hindu Terrorists

Christians in India are under intense persecution from Hindu terrorists. On average, one Christian in India is attacked by a Hindu terrorist every 40 minutes. In another attack, a pastor mysteriously turned up dead, hanging from the roof of his house after he complained to police about attacks from Hindu terrorists according to a report:

The body of a pastor in southern India was found hung from the thatched roof of his house early Saturday morning (Jan. 20), a week after he complained to police about opposition from Hindu extremists, sources said.

Congregation members said they found the body of pastor Gideon Periyaswamy of Maknayeem Church hanging from a rope in his one-room house beside the church building in Adayachery village, Kanchipuram District, but that his knees were bent stiff, as if others had placed him in the noose after his death. He was 43.

A convert from Hinduism 25 years ago, Pastor Periyaswamy was single and served as pastor in Adayachery for more than 12 years, his close friend, pastor Azariah Reuben, told Morning Star News.

“The local Hindus were not happy with growing Christianity,” Pastor Reuben said. “They had several times tried to stop the ministry.”

At pastors’ meetings and on other occasions, Pastor Periyaswamy spoke of Hindu hostilities to his church services and requested prayer, he said. Pastor Reuben said that Pastor Periyaswamy once remarked, “I have no problem – if needed, if the Lord permits it, I would die as martyr for Christ, but the ministry should not stop.”

A deputy superintendent of police identified only as Rajendiran told Morning Star News that a week before his death, Pastor Periyaswamy had filed a complaint with police “on some village people troubling him.”

“Our investigation was underway, and now we found him dead,” Rajendiran said.

A congregation member identified only as Indira said that the previous Sunday (Jan. 14), Hindu extremists were upset about a car sitting outside the area designated for church parking.

“They pelted stones at the car, and the pastor made an announcement requesting the church members to park their vehicles within the church premises only,” she said.

For the past six months, the local hard-line Hindus have harassed the pastor every Sunday, Indira said.

“When they see the pastor, they laugh, giggle and crack humiliating jokes at him,” she said. “They would always look for something to pick a fight over. But pastor told us, ‘We should be at peace with our neighbors – let’s not give them a reason to fight.”’

Last year local Hindu extremists kicked and beat him, Regina said. She and Indira found the pastor’s body.

“On Friday night [Jan. 19], our pastor visited the church families,” Regina said. “He told me and other sisters that there will be a fasting prayer on Saturday morning at 10 a.m., so please come early and clean the church hall.”

When they arrived on Saturday morning at 5 a.m. to clean the church building, they were surprised to find the pastor’s room bolted shut.

“We opened the door and were shocked to find Pastor Gideon Periyaswamy hanged,” Regina said. “A rope was fastened to the roof and tied to pastor’s neck, but his knees were slumped towards the ground. When the police came to unhang the pastor’s body, we saw a cut in his neck area. There was blood clotted.”

Police initially refused to file a complaint from congregation members, sources said. After church members and pastors from neighboring villages blocked a road in protest, his body was transported to Chengalpattu Government Hospital, where it has been placed in the hospital mortuary, Pastor Reuben told Morning Star News.

The Vanniyar community and other upper castes in Adayachery hate the lower caste of the pastor and his congregation, said pastor Immanuel Prabhakaran, who worked with the deceased leader of the church, which belongs to the Synod of Pentecostal Churches.

“They threatened the pastor, ‘How dare you set up a church in our locality? This area is of upper castes. Stop running church here. Stop inviting schedule castes to our area. You leave this village else we will make life difficult for you,’” Pastor Prabhakaran told Morning Star News.

Church members suspect Vanniyar and village leaders were behind the killing of the pastor.

“These people had cut the church’s water supply by disconnecting the pipeline,” said one church member.

Originally Pastor Periyaswamy had led the congregation as a house church, and before the current structure was built, they met in a shed. In 2016, area Hindu nationalists demolished the shed, church members told Morning Star News.

“We filed a complaint at Kalapakkam police station, but no action was taken,” one member said.

Pastor Periyaswamy’s cousin, Shiv Shankar, told Morning Star News that Pastor Periyaswamy was involved in many charity activities and led a simple life.

“We come from a Hindu family, and he was the first to convert to Christianity at the age of 18,” Shankar said. “He boldly professed his faith. I can never think my cousin would commit suicide. He was murdered.”

Two weeks ago, he invited all relatives to the church’s anniversary celebrations, he said.

“He was elated. My other cousin and her husband, Gideon’s sister and brother-in-law, gifted him a gold ring,” Shankar said. “He refused, but they forced him to accept. He did. Even that ring is missing.”

Nehemiah Christie, director of legislations and regulations for the Synod of Pentecostal Churches, urged police officials and government to conduct a fair investigation.

“There is urgent need for an autopsy in the presence of a judicial magistrate,” Christie told Morning Star News. “Pastor Gideon Periyaswamy’s death can’t be ruled out as suicide.”

The deputy inspector general of police of Kanchipuram Range, identified only as Thenmozhi, told Morning Star News that officers would carry out a fair investigation.

“There is no doubt in that – we will ensure a fair investigation,” Thenmozhi said. “If there is any troublemaker involved, we are looking at all angles regarding this. We ensure fair investigation. The post-mortem begins once the enquiry starts. Let the family and relatives come out with the facts they have; once we are given the witnesses statements and some supportive material, we will ensure post-mortem.”

Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took power in May 2014, the hostile tone of his National Democratic Alliance government, led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), against non-Hindus has emboldened Hindu extremists in several parts of the country to attack Christians, religious rights advocates say. (source)


Christian Pastor Arrested By Nigerian Federal Police And Disappears After Claims He Brought Muslim Girl To Christ, Major Christian Pastor Says ‘State Security Has Declared War Against Nigerian Christians’

Christian Pastor Arrested By Nigerian Federal Police And Disappears After Claims He Brought Muslim Girl To Christ, Major Christian Pastor Says ‘State Security Has Declared War Against Nigerian Christians’

A well-known Nigerian pastor was arrested by federal police and has since disappeared after claims he converted a Muslim girl to Christianity. In response, a major Christian pastor has called on the President of Nigeria to intervene in the situation, saying that the security apparatus of the government has declared war on Christians:

There are reports that a popular Nigerian Pastor, Simput Eagles Dafup, has been arrested and whisked away to an unknown destination, by men of the Department of State Security Services, DSS, for allegedly converting a Muslim girl to a Christian, in Plateau State.

This was made known to the Press by the Executive Director, Voice of Northern Christian Movement, Pastor Kallamu Musa Ali Dikwa.

Pastor Dikwa noted that controversy trailing the alleged conversion of a Muslim girl to Christianity, if not handled maturely, could result in a different thing between Christians and Muslims in the country.

He explained: “Nigeria security has declared war against Christians in this country. Simput Eagles Dafup was taken away from his house in Jos, on Monday, 8th January 2018, by DSS men, for alleged preaching and converting Miss Nabila Umar Sanda Galadima, the Galadima Biu Emirate Council in Borno State.

“Muslims have abducted 100 Christian girls under the age of 18 and forcefully converted them to lslam and we have reported to security agencies severally but no arrest was made or return of Christian girls to their parents.

“We have 3 Court cases of abduction of Christian girls and we have even gone to Court to appeal in Jos, Plateau State and the Judge has passed judgment directing Bauchi State Commissioner of Justice and Commissioner of Police to return the girls to their parents but Bauchi State Government and Nigeria Police neglected the Court order.”

He noted that the case of Nabila Umar who he explained is above 18 years, should be handled diligently, in order to avoid any breakdown of law and order.

He lamented: “The abduction of Christian girls has continued unabated. Such scenarios are serious cases of injustice against Christians in the country, and the perpetrators have often gone Scott free.”

“The DSS is trying to manipulate the case to defend themselves that the case is a kidnapped one. On Tuesday, 16th January 2018, the DSS invited me to their office in Abuja headquarters and pleaded with me that l should not go to the press, they were going to release Engr. Simput Eagles Dafup on 17th January 2018, as l am talking to you, they have not released him.

“Miss Nabila Umar Sanda hired a taxi from Abuja to Jos and how can someone that hired a taxi to travelled and meet Engr. Simput Eagles Dafup in Jos become a kidnapper? The taxi driver that she hired to Jos from Abuja, Mr. Daniel Hassan, was also arrested with Engr. Simput Eagles Dafup.

“DSS has no case because the arrest is illegal. No written report or petition on kidnap of Miss Nabila Umar to the office of DSS. No any report or announcement whether in print, social or electronic media that Nabila Umar was kidnapped but they are just trying to manipulate the case.” (source, source)


Hundreds Of Police Deployed To Protect TWO Christian Schools In India From Hindu Terrorists

Hundreds Of Police Deployed To Protect TWO Christian Schools In India From Hindu Terrorists

Violence against Christians at the hands of Hindu terrorists has been skyrocketing across India, where self-proclaimed “Hindu Nationalists” that claim they are “struggling for Hindu existence” have been attacking Christians and telling Hindus to buy guns in preparation for a race and religious war against non-Hindus to bring about the “Hindutva Rashtra,” or the “pure” Hindu ethno-state.

Hindu terrorists recently threatened to attack two Christian schools and in response hundreds of police were deployed to protect them according to a report:

Hundreds of policemen were deployed to guard two Catholic educational institutions in India’s Madhya Pradesh state this week amid alleged threats from Hindu hardliners.

The move came as the Madhya Pradesh Catholic Diocesan Schools’ Association sought protection from the state high court for all its educational institutions following threats against them by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student body of the ruling pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party.

Church officials say the group is trying to whip up hostility against the Christian institutions for not allowing its members onto their campuses to perform Hindu rites and other activities.

Police were sent to guard St. Mary’s College in Vidisha on Jan. 15 after the ABVP set a Jan. 16 deadline for college authorities to allow its members to conduct Hindu prayers inside the college grounds.

Police foiled a previous bid on Jan. 4.

“The government provided full security to the college,” said college director Father Shaju Devassy.

Policemen were also sent to guard St. Joseph Convent School in Jhabua Diocese after ABVP activists threatened to storm it after accusing the school of disciplining several students for shouting patriotic slogans.

Hindu hardliners are accused of trying to establish a Hindu only state by using extreme nationalism as a major tactic.

Father Rockey Shah, the Jhabua Diocesan public relations officer, told the ABVP was “cooking up allegations” in an attempt to portray Christians as non-patriotic for political reasons.

Church officials say ABVP threats are not about prayer or patriotism but an overt attempt to take control of the schools in violation of a constitutional provision that allows minorities like Christians to own and manage educational institutions. (source)


Muslim Refugee In Sweden Abandons Islam And Embraces Christianity, Becomes A Minister And Now Has Personally Brought 1500 Muslims To Christ

Muslim Refugee In Sweden Abandons Islam And Embraces Christianity, Becomes A Minister And Now Has Personally Brought 1500 Muslims To Christ

There are many horror stories about what the Muslim “refugees” have been doing across Europe. However, as we have pointed out, there are many cases of Muslims who come an find Christ. Just last year, we reported that thousands of Muslims across Europe were becoming Christians and the churches were filled with people seeking to become Christians.

In one story, a Persian Muslim woman named Annahita Parsan, who was a refugee that fled to Sweden, converted to the Swedish Lutheran Church. She was later ordained a minister in it and has led 1500 Muslims to Christ:

An Iranian convert to Christianity who is now an ordained minister in the Church of Sweden says she has helped bring nearly 1,500 Muslims to Christ over the past five years.

Annahita Parsan told Fox News in a report on Wednesday that her life, which has undergone huge tribulations, is “completely different since coming to Jesus.”

The minister said she was raised in a Muslim home in Iran and married at 16, though a couple of years later her husband was killed in a car accident.

She had to fight for custody for her son, which she successfully won, and two years later was re-married to a man whose wife had died.

Her second husband started beating her son, and although she wanted a divorce it was impossible for her to do because she was pregnant with a second child.

Parsan, her daughter, and the rest of the family fled as refugees in 1984 in the wake of the Iran-Iraq conflict, but met great hardships, including spending a month in prison in Turkey because they did not have identification papers or passports.

Eventually they made it to Denmark, which is where Parsan started learning more about Jesus Christ.

“In about the first or second month there, a woman came to the door to speak about God. But it was not in my interest,” Parsan said. “I was so angry, I was so unhappy. But she came back the next day with a small Bible, so this time I asked Jesus to help me.”

She started reading the Bible, which she had to keep secret from her husband, and grew in the faith. But her family life only got worse and she attempted to take her own life by overdosing on sleeping pills after her husband physically attacked her.

She survived the assault and that was when she woke up in a hospital and realized she was being called for greater things.

“I was too scared to go home and the police came to the hospital to talk to me. Many people were helping me find a safe place to live, and I knew it was Jesus,” Parsan recalled.

“And soon, the police called to tell me that they had uncovered a plot in which my abusive husband had planned to kidnap the children back to Iran. After that, we moved to Sweden, and the policeman told me that I have an angel on my shoulder.”

Two years after moving to Sweden she was baptized in the Christian faith. In 2006, she survived a car accident, which is when she said she realized God spared her life so that she could help Muslims come to Christ.

In 2012, Parson became a minister in the Church of Sweden, focusing much of her work on reaching out to the Muslim community and inviting them to explore the faith.

She has helped as many as 1,500 come to Christ in the past five years, she estimates, despite risks to her life.

“I have serious threats at least a couple of times per year, a threat of a knife attack or a bomb attack. I have a police officer attached to my case I can always call, and we have security during our services. I have other threats from my own distant family members,” she revealed. “But for me, what I do is worth it.”

Christians back in Iran meanwhile continue suffering intense persecution for their faith, believers have said, despite the claims of a prominent bishop who attempted to argue that they “enjoy complete freedom.”

Bishop Sibo Sarkisian, the Armenian-Orthodox Bishop of Tehran, said last month that Iran grants Christian citizens “every right to practice their faith, including observing their feasts such as Christmas,” and said that the only thing they are prohibited from doing is sharing their faith publicly.

Mohabat News, which says it is the news agency of Iranian Christians, pointed out, however, that for millions of believers, including the growing numbers in Iran, evangelism is a biblical mandate, and is an essential part of the faith. (source)