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Terrorism | Why ISIS targets churches
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/25/19, 12:34 pm

By one count there are 138 Islamist terror groups in the world specifically targeting Christians and Jews. One hundred thirty-eight. 

They range from the better-known ISIS affiliates in the Middle East to the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group, the Caucasus Emirate of Russia, and the Jemaah Islamiyah affiliates of the Far East. 

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Top Sri Lanka officials ousted over bombings

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/24/19, 11:47 am

As the death toll in the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka continued to rise, the government asked top security officials to resign on Wednesday and released more information on the suspected bombers. President Maithripala Sirisena asked Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and national Police Chief Pujith Jayasundara to step down after security forces failed to act on prior warnings about the bombings.

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ISIS claims Sri Lanka bombings

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/23/19, 10:56 am

Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday suicide bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, where more than 300 people died in the violence. The attacks were “carried out in retaliation” for the last month’s shooting at two mosques in New Zealand that killed 50 people, Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardene told Parliament on Tuesday. He blamed the security department’s “weakness” for failing to prevent the attacks.

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