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Christians handcuffed, burned to death in Nigerian church; prelate decries attacks

Catholic World News - August 07, 2013

The archbishop of Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, has condemned recent terrorist attacks in Kano, a city of 3.4 million in the northern part of the nation.

Two explosions, attributed to the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram, killed at least 53 people, the Lagos-based Vanguard reported. One of the explosions took place at Pentecostal church during Sunday worship.

“We are sincerely saddened by the latest development, especially coming at a time when the committee set up by the federal government to ensure peace in the north has assured the nation that it is on top of the situation,” said Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins. “We are tired of speaking on the state of insecurity in the nation.”

In addition, 16 Christians in Biu, a city of 175,000 in northeastern Nigeria, “were handcuffed and burnt to death by members of the Boko Haram sect within the precinct of a church,” the Vanguard reported.

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  • Posted by: dagbat - Aug. 08, 2013 11:49 AM ET USA

    Where is the American Mass Media and Free Press, and why are they ignoring these genocidal attacks and killings of Christians across the Middle East and northern Africa? Where is the worldwide condemnation? Is it because the root cause of these religious atrocities is radical Islam and that is off limits for mention? "Silence in the face of evil is itself evil....God will not hold us guiltless....Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act" (Dietrich Bonhoeffer).

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