‘It’s been really heartbreaking to look in the eyes of our community members when they say ‘My 18-year-old son was supposed to come in one week … is that really not happening?” said Jill Fricker, executive director of the Colorado African Organization. ‘And our response is, ‘The way we understand it, that is not happening.”

Meriam Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim but her mother Christian, was convicted of “apostasy” on Sunday and given four days to repent and escape death, officials said. The 26 year old was sentenced after that grace period expired, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

According to the spokesman and the provincial police chief, three attackers shot and killed the two police guards, broke into the ministry and took over the building. One of the attackers died when he detonated his explosives’ vest inside the ministry, while the other two were killed by police, said Gen. Fazel Ahmad Sherzad, Nangarhar’s police chief.