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A father and son were killed, and three women and a baby abducted, in an attack in Nigeria’s northern state of Kano, in the largely Muslim area of Tudun Wada.

At around 8pm on 15 August, armed men, believed to be local Muslims, attacked the house of Baba Kale Dankali, 62, a local Christian, and killed him. His son, Micah Kale, 20, heard the gunshot, went out to see what had happened and found his father dead. At his agonised cries, the attackers returned and shot him dead too.

Both victims’ widows fled with their children.

The armed men also targeted other Christian families, kidnapping three women and a baby.

Fear caused many Christians to flee; it brought back memories of previous attacks, including the September 2007 violence, which claimed nine lives among Christians, according to official figures (however, other sources put the toll far higher than that – one policeman was overheard complaining he was “fed up of packing corpses”).

Locals say the latest attack is part of ongoing persecution aimed at uprooting Christians from the region.

Source: World Watch Monitor

  • Ask the Lord to strengthen, comfort and provide for the widows and their children.
  • Pray our God will directly intervene to ensure the release of the recently kidnapped women and baby.
  • Commit to the Lord the police, military and those in authority. Pray for strength, wisdom and protection. Pray their presence may be of great help to civilians caught up in violence.