Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Busy season for Islamists or business as usual?

Turkey: Three killed at Bible publishing house | Jerusalem Post

Attackers killed three people Wednesday at a publishing house that had been the
subject of protests for distributing Bibles in Turkey, the
government-run Anatolia news agency reported.

Police were giving no immediate information about the attack.
Dogan news agency said, however, that the three people killed had their
throats slit. It said a fourth person jumped from a window to escape
the attack, and was hospitalized with injuries.

Anatolia also said one person was hospitalized with a throat injury but later died.

The Zirve publishing house in the city of Malatya has been the
site of previous protests by nationalists accusing it of proselytizing
in this mostly Muslim but secular country, Dogan reported. Turks are
considered moderately religious, however, and view proselytizers with
suspicion. Many are detained and extradited.


Islamists attack Nigeria police (from BBC)

Armed members of a Nigerian Islamist group known as
the Taleban have stormed a police station in the northern city of Kano,
killing at least 13 people.
A police source told the BBC there were between 300 and 500 people, some of whom were heavily armed. The army has been sent in and police have evacuated the area.

Cotabato City, 16 April (AKI) - At least 70,000 Muslim civilians in the
southern Filipino province of Sulu were displaced due to fighting
between a faction of former rebel group, the Moro National Liberation
Front (MNLF) and the army. Abdul Wasan Mohamad, provincial social
welfare and development officer in Sulu, told Adnkronos International
(AKI) that the number may increase as six towns were affected in the
ongoing fighting that began when a group of MNLF forces, under leader
Habier Malik attacked a Marine base near Panamao, on 13 April. Eighteen
people, including two soldiers and a civilian, were killed in the

Underground Church Worker Beheaded in Kashmir
By Michael Ireland, Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

KASHMIR, INDIA (ANS) -- An active member of the Salem Voice Ministries underground House Church in Kashmir was brutally murdered on Saturday, April 14, according to news sources in India.

Manzoor Ahmad Chat, 33, was beheaded by Hizbul militants on Saturday before dawn. Local police recovered the head and the remains of his body from Gundi Pora and Pinglana villages in Pulwama District. Manzoor and his family became believers in Jesus Christ after converting from Islam and regularly attended prayer services held by the SVM (Underground) House Church. He was a prayer leader in the house church.

Manzoor was employed by the Government as a lineman of the Power Development Department (PDD) in the Kakapora area. On Friday he was traveling by scooter to carry out his duties. While he was going he met two believers and reminded them about the prayer meetings, but on the way he was kidnapped by the militants, according to police reports.

On Saturday, people in the village of Pinglena found Manzoor's headless body in a nearby paddy field. They also found the head kept in a polythene bag near the mosque.

According to SVM, militants had planned to kill him earlier. A gun battle between militants and armed forces had taken place at Manzoor's house last year. Reports say Manzoor seemed to have been brutally tortured and finally slaughtered to death.

Police registered a case and investigations have been launched. The dead body has been handed over to the family following a post mortem. Police also say they killed two leaders of the militant group Leshkar-e-Toyiba.

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(Thanks to Jihad Watch)

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