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August 20 2012 By virtueonline Pakistani girl accused of Qur'an burning could face death penalty

As communal tensions continued to rise, around 900 Christians living on the outskirts of Islamabad have been ordered to leave a neighbourhood where they have lived for almost two decades.

On Sunday houses on the backstreets of Mehrabadi, an area 20 minutes drive from western embassies and government ministries, were locked with padlocks, their occupants having fled to already overcrowded Christian slums in and around the capital.

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August 08 2012 By virtueonline NIGERIA: Gunmen kill 16 at Deeper Life Church during service

"We are shocked. It is serious," a Pastor told The Nation last night.

The gunmen, who were said to be bearing sophisticated weapons, stormed the church during the Bible Study, a Monday programme, at about 7p.m., shooting indiscriminately.

The gunmen reportedly took the worshippers by surprise. They blocked all entrances into the church, preventing people from escaping as they fired indiscriminately at the worshippers.

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August 02 2012 By virtueonline Iraqi Christian children survive double bomb blasts

This prompted shocked comments and retweets from people around the world.

One news report said the bomb blasts had killed 21 people. A later update by Canon White revealed that thankfully none of the children, nor their teachers, had been killed in the attack.

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August 02 2012 By virtueonline The Religious Silence on Christian Persecution

Yet Mr. Nadarkhani has almost none of the name recognition that Messrs. Mandela and Sharansky had. Despite the increasing ferocity with which Christians are targeted-church bombings in Nigeria, discrimination in Egypt (where Christians have been imprisoned for building or repairing churches), beheadings in Somalia-Americans remain largely unaware of how bad the situation has become, particularly in the Islamic world and in communist countries like China and North Korea.

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August 01 2012 By virtueonline KENYA - DEADLY CHURCH ATTACKS BY ISLAMIST MILITANTS

A Barnabas Fund contact in Kenya said, "The gun shots in the compound made worshippers run out in panic only to the waiting killers. Using police guns, they rained bullets on fleeing worshippers and many who could not run. Blood could be seen everywhere, furniture strewn all over and worshippers left in shock."

Two grenades were thrown inside the second church; one failed to detonate, but three people were injured by the other.

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July 02 2012 By virtueonline Kenya church attacks 'kill 15' in Garissa

Kenya said the operations, launched last October, were designed to bring an end to kidnappings on Kenyan soil and other violence which it blamed on al-Shabab.

But since then, al-Shabab has been blamed for a further string of grenade and bomb blasts across Kenya - though it has never admitted to carrying out any such attack on Kenyan territory.

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June 20 2012 By virtueonline NIGERIA: Boko Haram says 'Christians are our enemies'

"We are responsible for the suicide attack on a church in Jos and also another attack on another church in Biu," a spokesman for the group, Abul Qaqa, is said to have told reporters in the northeastern city of Maiduguri over the phone.

The group was responsible for recent terrorist attacks, in which six people were killed and dozens injured after a suicide bomber detonated explosives outside a church in Jos and other Boko Haram gunmen opened fire at worshippers in a church in Biu.

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June 19 2012 By virtueonline KADUNA, NIGERIA: Nigerian church blasts kill 21 in Kaduna state

Churches have been increasingly targeted by violence in Nigeria. Last weekend, a suicide bomber detonated explosives outside a church in central Nigeria and gunmen attacked another church in the north-east, killing at least six people and wounding dozens of others.

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June 11 2012 By virtueonline Nigeria violence: Seven dead after Boko Haram attacks: Nigeria under attack

One witness at the church in Biu, Hamidu Wakawa, said that "gunmen came to the premises of the church and started firing at people outside the church before going into the main building to carry on their killings", Reuters reported.

Officials said one woman had been killed and at least three wounded.

In a country already divided along religious lines these attacks have the potential to trigger further clashes between Muslims and Christians.

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June 03 2012 By virtueonline Deadly blast hits Nigeria church: Nigeria under attack

According to Bauchi residents, a man tried to drive a car through a fence outside the Harvest Field Pentecostal church on Sunday.

The vehicle did not break through the fence and the bomb was detonated. Some of those killed by the blast were inside the church and others were standing outside.

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