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Killing in Kessab

Further details have emerged of what’s been happening since the invasion of Kessab by Islamist rebels, which sent thousands of Syrians fleeing the predominantly Armenian Christian town.

According to a WWM source 23-year-old Kevork Jourian was killed by members of Syrian rebel groups as they were searching for guns among the Armenians who remained after the attack.

Jourian initially escaped the March 21 raid of Syria’s Northwestern city but, despite the obvious dangers, he decided to return to fetch his parents and grand-parents. He told his loved ones that he had to go back.

Our source also said, "People are very, very depressed and Aleppo, the largest city in Syria, is terrible. The Armenian quarter is under attack and people cannot escape the 'pounding' as there are snipers wherever they turn."

Sources: World Watch Monitor; ArmenPress

Boko Haram suspected in deadly attacks

The militant Boko Haram sect is suspected in weekend attacks on villages in Nigeria's beleagured northeast that left scores dead. News reports said the attackers, armed with military rifles, shoulder-launched grenades and firebombs set fire to the villages of Ngoshe, Kaigamari and Anchaka, in Borno state. The attackers fired on residents as they tried to flee. News reports of the death toll approached 100.

Borno state is a stronghold of Boko Haram, a five-year old insurgency that has killed thousands of Nigerians in its quest to drive out what it considers to be Western influence, and to impose an Islamic state. The weekend's attacks across Borno occurred in areas near the border with Cameroon, where concentrations of Christians continue to live and where deadly raids have been more frequent in recent months.

Boko Haram also is suspected in Monday's huge bomb blast in a bus station on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital, Abuja, that killed at least 71 people.

Sources: Vanguard; This Day; The Telegraph; The Star

Christians most persecuted religion globally

The UK Prime Minister, David Cameron has committed his government to fighting persecution of Christians abroad.

In his annual Easter reception for Christian leaders at 10, Downing St, Cameron acknowledged that "Christians are the most persecuted religion around the world." He encouraged his audience to be unashamed to "stand up against persecution of Christians and other faith groups wherever and whenever we can."

Source: Bloomberg

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