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Armed Islamic militants have killed “scores” of worshippers and civilians and burned down four churches in raids on two villages in Nigeria’s northeast. Nigerian military and law enforcement personnel have neither confirmed the attacks nor announced an official death toll.

On Sunday, armed militants suspected to belong to the radical Islamic insurgency, Boko Haram, “sprayed gunfire at worshippers and torched four churches” in Kwada, “a village just miles from the town where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped,” according to the Associated Press.

Reports have identified three of the four destroyed churches as the Protestant Church of Christ in Nigeria, the Pentecostal Deeper Life Bible Church and the Church of the Brethren, or EYN church.

In speaking with the AP, Millam Yahi, a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), “the attackers went on to neighbouring Kautikari, where they gunned down villagers and burned down homes.”

Spokesman Gideon Jubrin has stated that police have not confirmed the attack “because bad communications have kept them from reaching the nearest security post at Chibok.” However, a Chibok resident told Agence France-Presse that, in response to distress calls from Kwada villagers, security personnel “just went and got a hiding place in the bush.” That allegation has yet to be confirmed.

Source: International Christian Concern

Prayer Points

  • Commit to the Lord those who are suffering loss of loved ones and loss of property and also those who are suffering from physical injury.
  • Pray the Lord will bring an end to the violence and bloodshed in Nigeria and somehow in His perfect timing and purposes use this present suffering for good.
  • Ask Him to strengthen and direct government authorities, police and military personnel in their fight against Boko Haram.