(from Voice of the Martyrs)
In late September and early October, at least three churches in the Mopti region have received “visits” from jihadists.
In Dobara, the militants smashed their way into a church from which they removed crosses and furnishings that were later piled up outside and burned. In Bodwal, members of the same extremist group drove worshipping believers out of their church, warning them that if they ever returned to ring the bells or pray, they would be killed.
Most of the attacks have been claimed by the Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims, a coalition of the region’s most powerful Al-Qaeda affiliates. This same group released a video on 1 July titled, The Correct Equation, which puts forth the Islamic doctrine of retaliation (essentially “an eye for an eye”). The extremist group also used the video to provide proof that they were holding six Western hostages ─ most of whom are Christians accused by group members of working to convert Muslims to Christianity.