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Nigeria's Boko Haram extremists shoot and burn to death dozens of civilians in Cameroon

Boko Haram fighters have shot or burned to death about 90 civilians and wounded 500 in ongoing fighting in a Cameroonian border town near Nigeria, officials in Cameroon said Thursday.

Some 800 Islamic extremists attacking the town of Fotokol have "burned churches, mosques and villages and slaughtered youth who resisted joining them to fight Cameroonian forces," Information Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakari said.

The insurgents from Nigeria also looted livestock and food in the fighting that began Wednesday and was continuing Thursday, Bakari told The Associated Press.

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A Thousand Churches Destroyed in Nigeria

In just two months, from August to October, nearly 200 Christian churches were destroyed by the Islamic organization Boko Haram and its Muslim allies after their capture of towns and villages in the north-eastern states of Borno and Adamawa. In the words of Reverend Gideon Obasogie, the director of Catholic Social Communication of Maiduguri Diocese in Borno State: "The group's seizure of territory in both states has seen 185 churches torched and over 190,000 people displaced by their insurgency."

Obasogie added that Boko Haram's "ransacking and torching" of churches was "sad, heart-aching and potentially dangerous to the territorial integrity and common good of Nigeria... Our priests are displaced, while citizens... are counting their losses and regrets as they have been reduced to the status of Internally Displaced Persons [IDP]. Where is the freedom?... Life is really terribly difficult."

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I guess those 2,000 dead in Nigeria were the wrong kind of martyrs...

In the last ten days, the western world was stunned and horrified by the sight of an instantly viral video of two black-clad Islamic gunmen murdering a police officer in the streets of Paris. The pair, it transpired, had just emerged from the offices of the "satirical" magazine Charlie Hebdo where they had just finished killing 11 other people while shouting "Allahu Akbar," the Islamic Jihadist chant.

While marches of hundreds of thousands were being organized in Paris, while the governments of the western powers were issuing statements of fury and condemnation and while thousands, or more probably hundreds of thousands on Facebook and Twitter claimed "I am Charlie" in "solidarity," the story of the dead in Nigeria was passed over in the MSM and social media with cold indifference.

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Iranian Christian remains in prison despite completing sentence term

Despite the fact that Christian convert Ebrahim Firouzi should have been released from prison on 13 January after completing the term of his sentence, he continues to be held in Rajaei-Shahr prison in Karaj. READ MORE

French post office hostage-taking ends, no victims

An armed man who earlier took several hostages at a post office northwest of Paris on Friday has surrendered with no one hurt, a French police official told Reuters.

The man equipped with a military weapon took an unconfirmed number of hostages at the post office in the town of Colombes, just outside the capital.

"I cannot confirm or deny whether it is linked to terrorism," an official at the city prosecutor's office told Reuters earlier, declining to give further details.

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