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A Christian hero in France

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by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/26/18, 12:42 pm

FRANCE: The police officer killed as a result of injuries suffered in Friday’s terrorist attack near Carcasonne “went to the end of his testimony of faith,” according to the national police chaplain. Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame was among the first responders to the attack, which began as a carjacking and then moved to a supermarket, where a Moroccan-born gunman claiming allegiance to Islamic State (ISIS) took hostages.

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Police find no evidence ISIS ordered French attack

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/26/18, 11:37 am

France on Sunday held a tribute Mass for a police officer who died after volunteering to take the place of a hostage in a terror attack that killed three others Friday. The attacker, identified as 25-year-old Morocco-born Radouane Lakdim, first killed the owner of a car he hijacked in the town of Carcassonne. He traded shots with riot police before taking hostages at a supermarket in Trèbes. Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame died after sustaining injuries when police officials ended the standoff in a shootout with Lakdim.

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ISIS bombs Afghan shrine during festival

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/21/18, 10:33 am

A suspected Islamic State (ISIS) suicide bomber set off an explosive Wednesday near a Shiite shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing at least 29 people and injuring 52 others. The bombing took place as Afghans marked the Persian New Year. Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman with Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry, confirmed the casualties and said the attacker was on foot when the bomb exploded. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in an online statement, according to the SITE Intelligence monitoring group.

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