Egypt: One Christian teacher jailed for blasphemy, another cleared
A Christian teacher accused of blasphemy has been jailed for six years in Egypt. Bishoy Kamel from Sohag province was arrested on 30 July after cartoons deemed offensive to Islam and comments against Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi appeared on his Facebook page.
He was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for “insulting the prophet”, two years for insulting the president and a year for insulting the prosecutor, running consecutively. A court rejected his appeal on 27 September.
Meanwhile, another Christian teacher, Nevien, who was arrested and charged with blasphemy on 30 September, has been cleared. A pupil at the school where she teaches in Assiut province made a complaint against her following a history lesson on the life of Mohammed. The charges were dropped after it emerged that the student was not in school at the time of the lesson.
Nigeria: Mother and three children among 16 Christians killed in Plateau state
Gunmen simultaneously attacked three villages in the Riyom area of Plateau state, killing 14 Christians. A woman and her three children were shot dead in Dallyam village; eight people were killed at Ranghol; and two brothers were gunned down as they were returning to Lotton village by motorbike.
Several other people were injured and property was destroyed in what witnesses described as coordinated attacks. The gunmen are suspected to be Muslim Fulani herdsmen.
The shootings took place on 10 October. On the same day, two Christians in a car were killed by gunmen in Barkin Ladi, Plateau state.
Indonesia: Twin explosions target church and Christian’s home in Central Sulawesi
Two bombs detonated on the same evening targeted the home of a Christian and a church in Poso, Central Sulawesi.
The first explosion hit the home of Okrifil Mamuaya at 8.15pm on 9 October, causing the windows to shatter. A car parked in front of the house was also damaged.
An hour later, the second bomb exploded outside Immanuel Church. No one was injured in the blasts.
Source: Barnabas Aid