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More than 150 people have been killed since Friday in central and northern Nigeria in separate attacks on villages populated by a concentration of Christians.

On Friday 14 March, gunmen raided three villages in Kaduna state in central Nigeria, killing at least 114 people. In attacks on several villages on Sunday afternoon in Taraba state, about 35 people were killed, and a Catholic Church was attacked.

Most of the victims in the three villages were burned beyond recognition, according to sources cited by the BBC. Nigeria’s Channels Television reported that 114 of more than 150 victims have been buried in a mass grave.

The Fulani, a West African ethnic group of herdsmen, largely Muslim, with a history of land grievances with Nigeria’s indigenous Christians and others, are suspected in both attacks.

Separately, on Sunday, militants suspected to be part of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram killed two people in Pela Birni village in Borno state. Two churches and a number of houses were burned, according to news reports.

Earlier this month President Goodluck Jonathan called for more prayer to defeat the insurgency.

Source: World Watch Monitor


Prayer Points

  • Please join with our Nigerian brothers and sisters in Christ in asking the Lord to bring an end to the bloodshed in Nigeria.
  • Pray for the grieving, the injured, the sorrowful, the frightened and those whose faith is weak; ask Him to strengthen their trust in His good purposes and perfect timing.
  • Pray for Voice of the Martyrs contacts in Nigeria who minister to those who are suffering for Christ.