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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 (7:47 pm)

By BosNewsLife Asia Service

Li believes the perpetrators were working for the local government as part of attempt “to threaten house church leaders.”

Church leader Li Shuangping says he has been attacked by government forces.

Church leader Li Shuangping says he has been attacked by government forces.

BEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)– Chinese government forces threatened to kill a prominent church leader and his family after beating him, as part of a crackdown on house churches, his supporters said Tuesday, August 20.

Church leader Li Shuangping, a leader at the Linfen house church movement, reported that he was attacked by unknown assailants on the night of August 13 while driving home in Shanxi Province, explained China Aid Association (CAA), a group supporting Chinese Christians.

In published remarks, Li said he was forced to stop his car when a man who seemed to be intoxicated staggered into the road.

He was then allegedly dragged into a black car which had pulled up alongside his vehicle. The church leader told CAA he had been, tied up, blindfolded, and pinned down while three men beat him around his head and body.

One man also allegedly threatened to kill Li and his family members, including his children.

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Saturday, August 17, 2013 (9:33 am)

By BosNewsLife Asia Service

several unregistered Christian groups have been closed down, fined or had their members detained by police

Chinese Christians have been praying for their country amid reported persecution.

Chinese Christians have been praying for their country amid reported persecution.

BEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)– Several churches in northwest China faced another day of tensions Saturday, August 17, amid a wider government crackdown on devoted Christian groups and the detention of believers, Chinese Christians said.

Pastor Tan Wen was among those remaining behind bars in the troubled Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region after he received a 15-day sentence following an August 4 raid on a worship service, according to Christians with close knowledge about the situation.

At least 20 police officers from the nearby Urumqi Municipal Public Security Bureau and Xishan Police Station were reportedly involved in the operation, the latest in a series of attacks against especially unregistered churches, though even official denominations have become targets, activists said.

He was reportedly earlier detained for 10 days after fve officers without police uniform raided a worship service on June 9. In both case security forces allegedly failed to show proper documentation or followed legal procedures, Christians said.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 (3:30 pm)

By BosNewsLife Africa Service

Boko Haram, which means ‘Western Education is a Sin’ is reported to have murdered 45 villagers

Boko Haram militants have killed dozens of people this weekend, several sources say

Boko Haram militants have killed dozens of people this weekend, several sources say

ABUJA, NIGERIA (BosNewsLife)– Christian leaders in Nigeria expressed concerns Wednesday, August 14, over rising tensions after at least 50 civilians were killed and dozens more injured in a series of weekend attacks in north-eastern Nigeria by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

“We condemn in the strongest terms this unwarranted taking of human lives,” said Reverend Yunusa Nmadu who leads the Nigeria branch of advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).

“Our constitution guarantees freedom of religion, and it is particularly appalling that so many people were murdered in places of worship by a group that attributes religious motivations to such unjustifiable actions and purports to be working for the well-being of the people they have murdered,” he added in a statement obtained by BosNewsLife.

Twelve people were reported to have been killed when Boko Haram members dressed in military and police uniforms attacked Ngom, a village between Mafa and Konduga Local Government Areas in Borno State, on Saturday 10 August.

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