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Sri Lanka officals: Islamic militants targeted Churches and Hotels

(Voice of the Persecuted) During a press conference, the Sri Lankan Health Minister, Rajitha Senaratne confirmed that the suicide bombers in the Easter attacks were carried out by Sri Lankan citizens associated with a local Jihadi terror group, National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ), with the help of an international network. The death toll has risen to 290, with over 500 injured.

There are reports of more bombs found near the airport and bus station. Please continue to pray.

Suicide Bombers kill over 207 at Churches and Hotels in Sri Lanka, hundreds injured

(Voice of the Persecuted) It is with a heavy heart to report on Resurrection Sunday that a massacre has taken place targeting Christians who were attending worship services at St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo, St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo and Zion Church, in Batticaloa in Sri Lanka. At the time of this report, the latest update from police claim that at least 207 were killed and at least 450-500 injured in 8 explosions by suicide bombers at the churches, Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury hotels. Viewer Warning: below video content graphic


The majority of casualties are Christians and the death toll and numbers injured are expected to rise. Earlier, the government said they suspected the suicide bombings were carried out by one group. Finance Minister, Mangala Samaraweera said,

The bombings are not the doings of a fanatical individual. It’s obviously a highly coordinated attempt to create murder, mayhem and anarchy in the country.

The Defence Minister, Ruwan Wijewardene, said seven people have been arrested in connection with the attacks. Three police officers were killed in an explosion during a raid pertaining to the attacks.

The government has temporarily blocked social media sites to prevent false news that’s spreading on social media sites. Officials claim the ban will be lifted when their investigations are concluded.

Please remember the injured and families of victims in your prayers, today. Continue to pray for persecuted believers worldwide.

UPDATE: 9:19 p.m. EST

Sri Lankan Defence Minister described the bombings as a terrorist attack by religious extremists, although there was no immediate claim of responsibility. — Thirteen people have been arrested.

News outlet Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported it had seen documents showing that Sri Lanka’s police chief Pujuth Jayasundara issued an intelligence alert to top officers 10 days ago, warning that suicide bombers planned to hit “prominent churches”.

“A foreign intelligence agency has reported that the NTJ [National Thowheeth Jama’ath, a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka] is planning to carry out suicide attacks targeting prominent churches as well as the Indian high commission in Colombo,” the alert said, according to AFP.

Mr Wickremesinghe said there was not an adequate response and there needed to be an inquiry into how the information was used.
Read full abc.net.au report here

 

UPDATE: 4-22-2019 Sri Lanka officals: Islamic militants targeted Churches and Hotels

Suicide Bombers attack capital of Borno State

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(Voice of the Persecuted) Nigeria:  Two suicide bombers attacked the Kashuwa Shanu market in Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno State on Monday morning. The attack follows Nigerian President Buhari’s statement circulated on Christmas Day, which  declared a major victory against Boko Haram insurgents and announced the fall of the last enclave of Boko Haram militants in Sambisa forests to Nigerian troops. (more…)

7 and 8 year old suicide bombers die in twin blast at crowded Nigerian market

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(Voice of the Persecuted) On Sunday, at least one person was killed and others wounded in a double suicide attack carried out by two girls ( 7-8 years old) in the main market of Maiduguri, the capital of the Nigerian state of Borno. The two blasts occurred in quick succession at about 8:48 a.m Before the first explosion, an eyewitness said the girls walked right in front of him “without showing the slightest sign of emotion”.  (more…)

Scores Dead, Children Burned Alive in Boko Haram Attack

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Nigeria (Voice of the Persecuted) — Last night while praying with a Nigerian Catholic priest on the January Prayer Conference Call Event, he informed us an explosion took place near the city. We learned the Boko Haram had launched a massive attack, that explosions and an intense gunbattle was taking place, people were fleeing for their lives and many were feared dead and injured. The military fought the insurgents in the villages of Dalori and Wanori.

According to survivors and soldiers, scores of charred corpses and bodies with bullet wounds littered the streets from Saturday, last night’s attack on Dalori village just 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram and the biggest city in the northeast.  One survivor who hid in a tree said he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children among people burned to death in the latest attack by Nigeria’s homegrown Islamic extremists. As he wept on a telephone call to The Associated Press, another survivor said the shooting and burning continued for four hours and several of his family members were killed or wounded. The AP report claims a soldier at the scene said three female suicide bombers blew up among people who were fleeing to neighboring Gamori village, killing many people. The soldier insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to journalists.

It was not known how many people were killed because bodies still were being collected. including from the surrounding bushes where the insurgents hunted down fleeing villagers, according to Abba Shehu, a security guard helping collect corpses.

A civilian Joint Task Force said about 100 people were killed and many were missing.

Sahara Reporters shared a photos of the destruction and reported,

 The militants who operated unchallenged were said to have stormed the town in 10  Hilux vans and motorcycles dressed in army uniforms as they took their time to raze down houses in Dalori village also livestock were burnt after they had looted and carted away foodstuffs. Several civilians were burnt beyond recognition.

A resident of the village, Mallam Buka Dalori told our correspondent that ”we were helpless, could you believe that there was no military presence in Dalori, the government didn’t provide security to protect us. I lost 11 people, and 5 of children are nowhere to be found. ”

Another resident Ibrahim Muhammad said that Boko Haram fighters dressed like military personnel and started opening fire on everybody, “all our wives and children were brutally killed while they looted and destroyed our livestock  [as well].”

Their correspondent later visited Dalori village and saw that the village was completely razed down and every home seen people wailing also several people burnt including children. See report and photos

On Friday, January 29, a suicide bomber suspected to be a member of the Boko Haram sect detonated a suicide vest at a crowded market in Gombi town in Adamawa state.

A vigilante leader confirmed ‎the incident saying that 20 people including the bomber died in the explosion.

Boko Haram has taken to attacking soft targets, increasingly with suicide bombers. The murderous Islamic uprising has been ongoing since 2009 and drove 2.5 million from their homes.

Voiorphan-306x4601ce of the Persecuted (VOP) is caring for internal refugees from Christian villages hardest hit by the Boko Haram. Many children reside at the camp, including those orphaned and woman made widows in the insurgency. Their needs are immense. Please consider supporting this mission to care for those suffering great physical and emotional trauma. VOP is on the ground in Nigeria, GO with us on the mission through your gifts.

We want you to know that even in great hardship, they thank God and feel extremely blessed that He has kept His hand on them. They have been so encouraged and thank God for each one of you who have joined this mission through your support and they keep you in their prayers.

Together with your generous help, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

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NIGERIA – “Precarious security and non-existent infrastructure in the areas liberated by Boko Haram”

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The Global Terror Index rates Nigeria fourth-worst in the world, ahead of Syria. The global terrorism index systematically ranks countries of the world according to their terrorist activity. Nigeria ranked fourth on the global terrorism index making it one of the most affected by terrorism, on earth.

Since 2009, Nigeria has been coping with the Boko Haram Islamist militancy in the country’s northeast, which is trying to mark out an Islamic state in the country.

Today, shortly after the arrival of the new V.P. Yemi Osinbajo’s surprise visit to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, 2 suicide bombers blew themselves at a hospital at Molai, a village located in the outskirt of Maiduguri. Disguised as patients, one had tried to gain access through the front door and the other through the back door but were denied access by a security guard. Only a few were injured when they detonated and killed themselves near the entrance.

Global terrorism index 2014, top 5 countries

Global terrorism index 2014, top 5 countries

“Many refugees would like to return to their villages and return to work in the fields, but different areas formally liberated by Boko Haram are still dangerous”, says His Exc. Mgr. Stephen Dami Mamza, Bishop of Yola in the northeast of Nigeria, in an interview with Kna Agency. From September to December 2014, Boko Haram had conquered seven major towns in Adamawa State. Tens of thousands of people fled the capital, Yola.

Nigeria_child_IDP_coverThanks to the offensive of the Nigerian army and those of neighboring Countries (Chad, Niger and Cameroon) in recent weeks several territories have been freed from the presence of the militia of Boko Haram. However, the situation is not yet stabilized.
According to the Bishop, one of the most dangerous areas is near the Sambisa forest. Mgr. Mamza complains, in addition to the continuous attacks by terrorists, about the failure regarding the reconstruction of public infrastructure by government agencies. In particular, the health sector: “The majority of hospitals and pharmacies are still closed, and relatively easy to cure diseases can cause serious problems”. (Agenzia Fides 01/07/2015)

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Serving those most affected by the crisis, we ask for your help. Together with your generous support, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Everyday, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and further His Kingdom! As you greatly bless others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!
You may also send your gift to:

2740 Third St
P.O. Box 122
Trenton, MI. 48183

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NIGERIA: The UNIMAGINABLE

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Living daily at risk of unspeakable torture, becoming enslaved, or killed at the hands of brutality.

(VOP) Imagine, for a minute that you live in a land where slavery is rampant.  Imagine for a minute that a walk in the park, or simply going to the store could find you in the hands of barbarous rebels who wanted nothing more than to rape, torture or kill you. Imagine for a minute while riding a bus to visit family, to get to work or go home at the end of the day suddenly overtaken by evil men demanding that you recite a prayer to their deity which is foreign to you. Imagine how you would feel knowing you couldn’t and the result would most likely end in your death.

This is reality for many in Africa from Somalia to Nigeria, even as far north as Libya.  A recent slaughter took place in Kenya as a band of Muslim rebels attacked a bus load of people, and when the men couldn’t recite the Muslim ‘shahada’ they forced them to lay on the ground and shot them.  One man who survived said they must have thought that another already shot him. He laid very still until they left.

There are reports that 33,000 Nigerians are still in the caves and starving. They were forced to flee the Boko Haram to escape death. The same report says that Boko Haram has stolen tear gas canisters that they are now throwing into the caves.  (More) Why is this barely reported by the West?  Why is it not repeatedly denounced by the UN?  Nigeria has been embroiled in a political struggle amid reports of human rights abuses by the military, which prominent leaders deny.  Yet, no one is helping the many in the most dire situations, nor interested in the truth.

FACT: The people are suffering, many to the extreme. Based on the magnitude of need, they have received little aid relief, safety, nor much sympathy.  It appears Western leaders along with the UN are not interested in the ethnic cleansing and what is called by some, a genocide taking place. History repeating itself?

One of our Nigerian contacts witnesses these horrific scenes and great suffering on a daily basis. He described to us a recent trip to deliver relief. While traveling, he felt the sudden urge to leave the car, he said God was guiding him to get out the car and run into the bush.  He demanded the driver to stop the car and urged him to leave too, but the driver refused and continued down the road.  He didn’t get very far. The car was attacked, robbed and the driver beheaded.  These are occurrences faced by those brave enough to offer love, sympathy and aid to those suffering immensely.

It has become common place for people of Western nations to accept the fact that their governments are supplying aid to rebel groups in Syria and other places, including weapons.  It has been presented to them as necessary to help rebel groups who are fighting evil, so it’s honorable to arm them.  But what is the truth?

It’s reported these weapons are being shared and trafficked in a ways unimaginable to most. Many in these groups, no matter what they portray to the West, are uniting with one another for one goal, to set up one government, one law, (Sharia) that will as they believe, rule the world. Rebels trained to kill as many ‘non-believers’ as possible. To rape women, force conversion, marriage, and torture those they kidnap.

In another recent attack at least 40 were killed by two female suicide bombers in Maiduguri. One entered a roadside trading area and detonated herself. While people were trying to get to the wounded, the second woman blew herself up causing more damage and death, preventing help from getting to the victims.  (More) A calling card of Boko Haram.  Again it begs the question, could these females be captives that were kidnapped?

Cameroon, that borders Nigeria is closing 130 of it’s secondary schools as they have become targets of Boko Haram (Western education is sinful).  It is understandable why they would want to do this for the protection of children. However, many feel this will only embolden the terror group as, ‘mission accomplished’.  Again, why does the West remain silent? These terror groups have catapulted the Middle East, Africa and Asia from a modern-day world that has prided itself on movements toward equivalence and peace, into the dark ages wiping out thousands of years of history, all vestiges of civility and growth toward peace and equality for all.

World leaders have instituted failed foreign policies that have set 1/4 of the world on fire, with cataclysmic results.  They have fueled and aided a war of attrition.

“Attrition warfare is a military strategy in which a belligerent attempts to win a war by wearing down the enemy to the point of collapse through continuous losses in personnel and material. The war will usually be won by the side with greater such resources. The word attrition comes from the Latin root atterere to rub against, similar to the “grinding down” of the opponent’s forces in attrition warfare.”

Is the West ‘complicit’ in these killings, tortures and genocide of minorities?  While this snake continues to grow governments continue to slice up the spoils.  And the people, innocent victims are starving, or suffering immense & indescribable torture. Do they view them as simple casualties of war? While thousands are forced to flee from this evil, fear and hatred grows in strength.

Amid the cries from the West to stop all travel to Africa due to Ebola, many now question if they should mission to this Continent. Who is going to help these people? Who will provide comfort, food, clothing, spiritual support and encouragement for these children and their families? Many are hiding and unable to even find a crumb of food or water.  While African leaders have met with the West, no sustainable solutions are forthcoming.  No condemnation, only defensive statements when challenged such as, “We have given military support.”

You can be their voice, you can be their spiritual family.  Your prayers and voices do matter.  Over and over we hear the same thing, “no one cares.”  No one is helping, are we forgotten? Sadly, for most of the world this is true. Too few care, “Africa’s always in crisis, what’s new?”

These are our brethren! Innocent people who are being ripped apart by this erosion of civilization in modern times. Spreading an evil ideology that’s beginning to make the dark ages look pale in comparison. Today, atrocities are being carried out with blindness in part for a civilized world.  Why not start, or help to start a conversation in your church, your parish, your neighborhood and help with a mission there. Ask your community leaders, your Representatives, your Senators for their help. You would be surprised at the lack of interest for missions boards in this region. Didn’t Christ tell us not to fear?  So why are not more of these agencies helping.  We have heard that they do not wish to plan their activities in these areas facing untold evil.  Why not ask your pastor about your mission board and how they can do more?  Watch, a minister who is speaking out and aiding.

Again, send your prayers to the throne of God, but start a conversation this Thanksgiving.  Lets start a revival with the Holy Spirit guiding us with Spiritual fire instead of manmade flames.

We, at VOP have answered God’s call “Whom shall we send.” Won’t you help?  Help us to go, or bring a voice from the front lines to tell us first hand, their heart wrenching testimony? Won’t you wrap your arms around our family who needs us so desparately?  Will you answer God’s call, can you hear His voice? We can’t do it without you.

As we are thanking God for our blessings this season, let’s remember and act for those less fortunate and suffering.  Let’s do as Jesus said:  “Truly I tell you what you did for the least of these, you did for me.”

Together with your generous support, we can reach the goal to alleviate their suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTEDgiving hands to provide light and hope.

Everyday, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and further His Kingdom! As you have greatly blessed others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support.

VOP Advocate Team

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