8 Filipino Christians Killed for Refusing to Recite Islamic Creed

Eight Christians who were killed when an Islamic State-linked group stormed a Filipino city late last month were shot to death because of their refusal to recite the Islamic declaration of faith, government officials have reportedly said.
According to the Christian persecution monitoring website Morning Star News, eight Christians who were among the 19 killed when the IS-aligned Maute Group stormed the city of Marawi on May 23 were the first Christians killed during the insurgent uprising in the capital of Lanao del Sur Province on the Mindanao island. The city, which was once home to over 200,000 residents, has seen thousands of residents flee in recent weeks.
The same extremist group claims it is responsible for the kidnapping of as many as 240 Catholics, including Father Teresito “Chito” Suganob, the priest who appeared in a recently released video in which he listed off the names of other “prisoners of war” who were captured by the militants.

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