Australia Issues Terror Watch Warnings as Ramadan Begins, Open Doors Warns of Increased Persecution

With the beginning of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month, starting Tuesday, the Australian government has issued warnings of further attacks in countries targeted by the Islamic State terror group.

In some places, like Nigeria, Christian churches have been helping feed impoverished Muslims and praying for peace despite the massacres they have suffered this past year.

Following multiple terror attacks in Indonesia, the world’s largest Islamic country, in the days leading up to Ramadan, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s travel advisory warned on Twitter that “there is a heightened risk of further attacks in the lead-up to and during Ramadan (mid-May to mid-June).”

The attacks in Indonesia targeted Christians, and were carried out by families with children for whom IS took responsibility. At least 18 people were killed in the suicide bombings that hit government buildings and three churches.

On Saturday, one person was killed and four were wounded in Paris by a French Muslim citizen born in Chechnya who reportedly shouted “Allahu akbar” (“Allah is the greatest”) while stabbing passers-by. IS said that the man was one of its “soldiers,” noting that its calls for attacks on Western countries continues.

Africa Prime News reported that in some countries with large Christian and Muslim populations, such as Nigeria, efforts have been made to encourage peaceful coexistence. It noted that churches have been distributing bags of grains to hundreds of Muslims and persons with disabilities at the start of Ramadan.

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Source: Christian Post