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Kansas City police accused of ignoring warnings about possible serial killer after Black woman escapes captor
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Kansas City police accused of ignoring warnings about possible serial killer after Black woman escapes captor

The Kansas City Police Department in Missouri is under scrutiny after a Black woman escaped her alleged captor, and at least two other Black women were found dead following warnings from the community about a possible serial killer on the loose. On Oct. 7, a 22-year-old Black woman, only identified by authorities as “TJ” to protect her identity, reportedly escaped from a house in Excelsior Springs, a suburb near Kansas City, and ran to a nearby house crying for help. The woman was allegedly kidnapped, raped, and whipped. She was restrained in shackles during her abduction, reported the Kansas City Defender. The victim said the man who kidnapped her also killed two of her friends. Kansas City police arrested 39-year-old Timothy Haslett, Jr. Haslett has been charged with first-degree ra...
Black woman says authorities mishandled rape case involving suspect accused of later murdering White woman
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Black woman says authorities mishandled rape case involving suspect accused of later murdering White woman

A lawsuit filed on Tuesday reportedly claims the teacher who was abducted while jogging in Tennessee and murdered could have been avoided if authorities properly investigated the alleged rape of a Black woman who accused the suspect involved in the other case. Alicia Franklin said she was raped last year by Cleotha Abston, the suspect accused of first-degree murder and kidnapping of Eliza Fletcher, reported WMC. The suspect is also named as Cleotha Henderson in other reports. Fletcher's case made national headlines after the Tennessee teacher was forced into a vehicle during an early morning jog near the University of Memphis. Franklin reportedly met Abston after a month of communicating on a dating app. They met at an apartment complex on Sept. 21, 2021 where Abston allege...
Catholic nuns kidnapped in Nigeria released, officials say
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Catholic nuns kidnapped in Nigeria released, officials say

Four Catholic nuns who were kidnapped earlier this week at gunpoint in the state of Imo have been released, police said. Imo state police announced on Wednesday that the nuns were released by their abductors the day before. Officials reportedly said the nuns were returned unharmed. They did not disclose if they were returned in exchange for ransom. RELATED: Four nuns kidnapped by gunmen in Nigeria Kidnappings by militant groups and gangs have increased in Nigeria. It has been speculated ransom paid for kidnapped religious leaders has fueled abductions. More about the abduction and religious violence in Nigeria can be found here.
Four nuns kidnapped by gunmen in Nigeria
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Four nuns kidnapped by gunmen in Nigeria

Four Catholic nuns were reportedly abducted on a highway in the state of Imo in Nigeria by gunmen. The nuns were abducted while travelling from Rivers state for a thanksgiving mass on Sunday. RELATED: Kidnapped Nigerian priest killed as religious violence surges Nigeria has seen an increase in religious violence and kidnappings. Armed gangs and militant groups have been kidnapping Catholic priests and religious leaders for ransom. The abductions are common in the northwest but has spread to other parts of the country. Nigeria's military is engaged in an air offensive to get rid of the groups responsible for violent kidnappings in the northwest. More about the recent abductions can be found here.
Kidnapped Nigerian priest killed as religious violence surges
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Kidnapped Nigerian priest killed as religious violence surges

One of two priests who were reportedly kidnapped last week has been found dead. Father John Cheitnum was kidnapped from Christ the King Church in Lere, located in central Nigeria, on July 15 along with Father Donatus Suleiman. It is believed Father Cheitnum was killed the same day he was abducted. His body was discovered July 19, according to Catholic News Service. Father Suleiman was reportedly able to successfully flee from his abductors. Father Cheitnum is the fourth Catholic priest killed in Nigeria this year as religious violence continues to spread. Last month, dozens of Nigerians were killed when gunmen shut the door of a church during mass and opened fire. The assailants have not been caught. In May, a Nigerian woman was beaten and set on fire because of “blasphemy.” Christ...
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Four Chinese nationals among several people kidnapped at gunpoint in Nigeria

Four Chinese nationals were among several workers at a mining site in central Nigeria who were reportedly kidnapped by several gunman on Wednesday. Nigerian officials said security officers responded to the mining site after receiving a distress call. The area was invaded by multiple gunmen. It was unclear how many people in total were kidnapped on Wednesday. Officials have not identified who was behind the kidnapping and no terrorist groups have yet claimed responsibility for the attack. Violent acts of terrorism, including kidnappings, have been more common in northwestern Nigeria but have occurred more frequently in other areas. Earlier this month gunmen opened fire on worshippers during mass at a Catholic Church in the Ondo state located in southeast Nigeria. Three Chinese natio...