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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.
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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Racial “bias” incidents and crimes hit record high in Oregon; Blacks targeted the most

The Attorney General in Oregon shared a report today that indicates racially-biased incidents and crimes increased to record levels last year. The AG discussed the findings today, pointing to statistics that match a similar rise in racial, religious and gender “bias” incidents and crimes in other states. The report says the Oregon DOJ Bias Response Hotline received 1,683 reports last year, a 53% increase from the previous year prior. About 59% of the reports were called bias incidents, and 28% were categorized as bias crimes. Blacks and African-Americans were the most targeted group based on the statistics. Reports involving Black and African-American victims represented 30% of the incidents and crimes with 500 related reports. Incidents and crimes targeting Asians increased represen...
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At least 50 killed in Nigerian church massacre

At least 50 people have been killed and countless more injured after gunmen opened fire on a Catholic church during service for Pentecost Sunday in Nigeria. The shooting happened on Sunday around 11:30 a.m. in the town of Owo in the Ondo state and left men, women and children dead or injured. Witnesses reportedly said the gunmen opened fire inside the church while the other assailants waited outside. The church had three entrances but the main entrance was locked. The gunmen fled before authorities arrived. Tensions between religious groups, particularly involving Islamics and Christians, have been on the rise, but such violence is not common in southwest Nigeria. Last month a woman was beaten and set on fire by classmates for “blasphemy” at a school in northern Nigeria. ...