A hostage crisis is unfolding in Sydney, with a possible Islamist militant connection


Originally posted on Quartz:

This is a breaking story. We’ll update this post as new information comes in.

Two men have taken a group of as many as 40 people hostage in a Lindt chocolate shop in Sydney, Australia, and have been holding them for several hours. Several hostages may have escaped.

The shop is in Martin Place, less than a mile from the Sydney Opera House, in Sydney’s financial district. The siege began at about 9:45am Monday local time (10:45pm Sunday GMT). At one point, the hostages were apparently forced to display a black flag with what looks like Arabic script on it:

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Brunei Going Down the Islamist Path


The link below is to an article reporting on the Islamisation of the Sultanate of Brunei.

For more visit:
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/The-Sultanate-of-Brunei-to-introduce-Sharia-based-rules-29346.html

Syrian Atrocity


The link below is to an article reporting on the terrible treatment of a young woman in Syria by an Islamist group known as ‘Jabhat al-Nusra.’

For more visit:
http://www.fides.org/en/news/33906-ASIA_SYRIA_Rape_and_atrocities_on_a_young_Christian_in_Qusair

Tanzania: Terrorism Spreads to Country


The links below are to articles reporting on a terrorist attack in Tanzania, which is becoming a new centre for islamic terrorism.

For more visit:
- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/tanzania/10039692/Saudis-arrested-over-Tanzania-church-bombing.html
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22425364
- http://www.persecution.org/2013/05/07/two-killed-and-over-50-wounded-in-tanzanian-church-bombing/

Bangladesh: Islamist Movement Growing


The link below is to an article reporting on the growing menace of Islamist movements in Bangladesh.

For more visit:
http://khabarsouthasia.com/en_GB/articles/apwi/articles/features/2013/04/03/feature-02

Nigeria: Ansaru – Execution of Foreign Hostages


The link below is to an article reporting on the execution of foreign hostages by Islamist group Ansaru and the situation facing Christians from both Ansaru and Boko Haram in Nigeria.

For more visit:
http://www.wnd.com/2013/03/muslim-jihadists-execute-foreign-hostages/

Nigeria: Latest Islamist Atrocity


The link below is to an article reporting on the latest Islamist atrocity in Nigeria, this time by a group known as Ansaru.

For more visit:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/09/nigerian-islamists-kill-foreign-hostages

Latest Persecution News – 27 May 2012


Islamist Mob Throws Urine on Church in Indonesia

The following article reports on the latest news of persecution in Indonesia, where some 600 Islamists have thrown bags filled with urine and water at about 100 church members at the Philadelphia Batak Christian Protestant Church in Bekasi, West Java Province.

http://www.compassdirect.org/english/country/indonesia/article_1552007.html

 

The articles linked to above are by Compass Direct News and  relate to persecution of Christians around the world. Please keep in mind that the definition of ‘Christian’ used by Compass Direct News is inclusive of some that would not be included in a definition of Christian that I would use or would be used by other Reformed Christians. The articles do however present an indication of persecution being faced by Christians around the world.

Nigeria: Boko Haram Arrests


The following article reports on the arrest of two extremist Islamists from Boko Haram in Nigeria following the bombing of Christian churches.

http://www.christiantelegraph.com/issue15838.html