BHUBANESWAR, ORISSA (BosNewsLife)-- A tense calm returned to India's troubled eastern state of Orissa Monday, December 31, as security forces stepped up patrols in the state's Kandhamal district after a week of attacks against Christian institutions left up to nine Christians dead and at least seven Christian girls missing, church and government officials said.
BHUBANESWAR, INDIA (BosNewsLife)-- Over one thousand Christians, including priests, nuns, women and children, have fled to the jungles of Indiaâ€™s Orissa State where deadly anti-Christian violence entered its seventh day, a church official told BosNewsLife Sunday, December 30.
BHUBANESWAR, INDIA (BosNewsLife)-- Christian leaders in Indiaâ€™s tense eastern state of Orissa said Saturday, December 29, they are skeptical about a local government-ordered judicial inquiry into Hindu-led violence that rocked Kandhamal district this week, killing some nine Christians and damaging over 50 churches and other buildings.
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- A major advocacy group representing Pakistani Christians allegedly persecuted for their faith warned Friday, December 28, that with the assassination of Pakistanâ€™s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto Christians "lost a vital supporter of their rights."
BAMUNIGAM, INDIA (BosNewsLife)-- At least nine Christians have been killed in India's religiously volatile eastern state of Orissa where Hindu extremists continued attacking Christian institutions and individual believers for a fifth day Friday, December 28, church sources said.
(ADDS REACTIONS WORLD LEADERS)RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- Pakistanâ€™s former prime minister and opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, who was backed by several Christian political activists seeking more religious and political freedoms, was assassinated Thursday, December 27, in a major attack that also killed at least 20 others, officials and witnesses said.
BAMUNIGAM, INDIA (BosNewsLife)-- Indian church leaders on Thursday, December 27, appealed to authorities to intervene after Hindu extremists attacked dozens of Christian institutions, including churches, in the religiously volatile eastern state of Orissa over Christmas, reportedly killing up to three people and injuring many others.