A non-denominational group supporting persecuted Christians worldwide, said on Wednesday it had documented 2,123 "martyr" killings, compared with 1,201 in 2012. There were 1,213 such deaths in Syria alone last year, it said.
"This is a very minimal count based on what has been reported in the
media and we can confirm," said Frans Veerman, head of research for Open
Doors. Estimates by other Christian groups put the annual figure as
high as 8,000.
The Open Doors report placed North Korea at the top of its list of 50
most dangerous countries for Christians, a position it has held since
the annual survey began 12 years ago. Somalia, Syria, Iraq and
Afghanistan were the next four in line.
The United States-based group reported increasing violence against
Christians in Africa and said radical Muslims were the main source of
persecution in 36 countries on its list.
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