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Iranian extremists with alleged links to Iranian security forces are using email to threaten nearly a dozen Christians who have fled persecution in Iran.


The emails, sent to at least 11 Christians, called on them to repent and return to Islam or meet the extra-judicial judgment of 'The Unknown Soldiers of the Hidden Imam' and face execution. It goes on to further warn that though they have managed to escape persecution in Iran, "they are not hidden from the acute eyes of the Unknown Soldiers".


The Unkown Soldiers wrote they were "advancing to the heart of the 'Zionist regime' over a number of years."


The email concludes by offering the eleven Christians "the opportunity to repent and ask forgiveness from the presence of the Hidden Imam", also known as the 12th Imam, a Messiah-figure in Shia Twelver theology and viewed as the Great Allah.


"Otherwise, according to the Fatwa given by Mehdi the Hidden Imam, they must be killed," the email reportedly says.


The Unknown Soldiers are suspected to have close ties with Iranian security services.


CEO of Christian Solidarity Worldwide, an Iranian church group and religious rights organization, Mervyn Thomas stated that "The threat against the eleven Iranian citizens in the Diaspora is an appalling and vicious move by a group suspected of close association with the Iranian security forces."


"It is vital that countries hosting Iranian refugees and asylum seekers ensure these vulnerable people receive adequate protection, and make it clear to the Iranian authorities that cross-border assassinations are wholly unacceptable and will not be tolerated," stressed Thomas.


Reverend Samuel Yeghnazar of Iranian church group Elam Ministries, said he and his network of churches "are taking the threats very seriously."


The threats are to reportedly put additional pressure on Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, a Christian

Youcef Nadarkhani with his two children
6 years ago

Radical Hindu groups in India's southern Karnataka state have continued to threaten and harass local Christians.


After receiving complaints from radical groups in the area, police have closed down several Pentecostal churches in the Hassan and Bangalore districts.


"Hindu extremists with the complicity of the authorities continue their reign of terror against defenseless a Christian community," said Sajan K. George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians.


Police have arrested the pastor fo the Church of God Full Gospel in Bangalore, claiming he was performing "forced conversions and did not have the proper permissions to conduct worship services. According to George, police inspector Balram Gowda "threatened the pastor in a clear fashion and ordered to close the church".


On the same day, in nearby Hassan, the End Times Full Harvest Pentecostal Church was the stormed by Hindu extremists. The radicals beat the church's pastor and forcefully stole the Bibles from the congregation's hands and then proceeding to desecrate the Holy Scriptures. When the police finally arrived, they chose to close the church rather than to protect the believers.


"The Pentecostal pastors were systematically beaten and threatened," said George, "dragged into police stations with false accusations, arrested and locked up, often without even the option of bail. And now, the followers of these churches have no Sunday service."

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The Islamic Defender Front in Jatnangor, Indonesia has used its connections with local government to have a church shut down and all of its property seized.


The radical Islamic group believed that the church was a "haven for newly baptized Christians" and that its pastor, Rev. Bernard Maukar, was proselytizing in a Muslim area.


The chief of the village where the church is located said he had the right to close it down because it was within his jurisdiction.


"This area is under my authority," said Arief Saefolah. "Please, get out as soon as possible."


Saefolah and other local officials seized all Christian property, including furniture, musical instruments, and vehicles.


A local woman, and member of the church, was devastated by the loss.


"Police have no guts against this radical group," she said.

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