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At least two people were killed and six others wounded in a night raid on two predominantly Christian villages in Nigeria’s north-eastern Adamawa state.

Gunmen in large numbers went from house to house, shooting as they went, in the attack on Shaforon and Kodumti villages in the Numan local government area about 1am on Sunday 22 September.

The online news agency Sahara Reporters says that an 11-year-old boy who had lost his mother in a previous attack saw his father killed in Sunday’s raid. The child was reportedly shot in the leg.

Nigerian media say that one of the gunmen was killed when military personnel came to the defence of the villages and a soldier was wounded in the crossfire.

Witnesses blamed “herdsmen” for the attacks, though police described them as “cattle rustlers”. Since 2011, an estimated 11,000 people have been killed in conflict involving Fulani militia.

Sources: Daily Post, The Nation, Sahara Reporters, Release International

  • Pray that God will comfort and strengthen all those who are grieving or injured as a result of these attacks.
  • Pray for an end to the bloodshed in Nigeria. Pray that government and military officials will make concerted efforts now to curb the violence and to protect vulnerable villages.
  • Pray that God will give wisdom to church leaders in Nigeria as they lead their congregations through troubled times.

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