Open Doors -- an international group supporting persecuted Christians worldwide -- found in its annual survey monitoring religious freedom that radical Islamists were the main persecutors of Christians around the world in 2014, the Charisma News website reports today (January 9, 2015).
Topping the list of Christians confirmed to have been killed for faith-related reasons were Nigeria at 2,484 and Central Africa Republic at 1,088, with Syria and Iraq -- where Islamic State militants have driven hundreds of thousands of Christians from areas they control -- at 271 and 60 respectively.
North Korea topped the list of countries most hostile to the world's largest faith for the 13th consecutive year followed by Somalia, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan, Iran, Pakistan, Eritrea, and Nigeria. Christianity has an estimated 2.2 billion followers compared with Islam at 1.6 billion.
The 4,344 Christians killed in the survey year to October 31, 2014 were more than double the 2,123 victims in 2013, it said.