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Two pastors have been killed and three churches destroyed, as militants attack yet more civilian targets in north-east Nigeria.

In Yobe state, suspected Boko Haram Islamist extremists opened fire in a church in Dorawa town on Thursday, killing the pastor and his two children. They then set fire to the church and two other buildings, before fleeing. Meanwhile, in Borno state, Pastor Sunday was killed on the same day when militants raided and set fire to his Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN) in Barawa village near the Mandara Mountains of Gwoza, according to Stefanos Foundation. Another EYN church was burned down in nearby Chikide village. The Dorawa church is just 28 km from the site of a brutal attack in July on a school where dozens of students were killed. A similar attack took place last weekend on the College of Agriculture in Gujba district, Yobe, where gunmen killed up to 50 students as they slept.

Boko Haram (which means ‘Western education is forbidden’) wants to create an Islamic state.

Sources: Release International, AFP, BBC, Stefanos Foundation

  • Ask God to comfort and sustain all those who have been bereaved in militant attacks.
  • Pray that God will raise up new leaders for the two churches who have lost their leaders to extremist violence. Thank God for the strong overcoming faith of His people in Nigeria.
  • Pray for wisdom, resolve and courage for the Nigerian authorities as they work to stamp out the extremist threat.