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7 in 10 Christians Killed Worldwide Last Year Came from Just One Country?

(UPDATED) New report says civil unrest in Nigeria is overshadowing persecution of Christians.

Update (June 25): World Watch Monitor (WWM) reports that its new research coincides with claims made by Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, who said last week that Boko Haram now has killed more Muslims than Christians in its ongoing campaign of violence.

According to WWM, "the situation in Nigeria is a classic example of what could be referred to as persecution eclipse," in which civil conflict and persecution overlap—and overshadow the latter.

"Civil unrest obscures religious persecution and can itself be a vehicle for persecution, the author claims, through its negative impact on the stability of society and the way it encourages Islamist groups to violently pursue their religious agenda," WWM states.

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Update (May 14, 2013): CT has posted a dispatch from Lagos correspondent Sunday Oguntola on the Christian debate over amnesty, as well as today's declaration of emergency rule in three predominantly Muslim states.

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