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More than 91 people – including 60 schoolgirls and young women, plus 31 schoolboys – were kidnapped last week by Boko Haram extremists, two months after the same group kidnapped more than 300 schoolgirls in north-eastern Nigeria, according to the Los Angeles Times.

They were also abducted from villages in north-eastern Nigeria, an area where such attacks have been happening almost daily, while Nigeria’s army appears to be unable to enforce security in most of the country.

Many have criticized Nigeria’s government and military for their slow response to the abductions of more than 200 schoolgirls from their school in Chibok on 15 April. Several dozen of the girls were able to escape.

About 30 people were reported to have been killed by the extremists in the latest attack. Elderly residents fled their homes, trudging over 20 kilometres to get help.

Among those abducted by gunmen were women with young children and babies – a common occurrence in Borno state since last year, Nigeria’s Premium Times reported.

Some Nigerian government officials refused to confirm or deny the report of the latest abductions. But Nigeria’s Premium Times quoted an unnamed federal security official who confirmed the abductions took place, and a village official confirmed the kidnappings to Associated Press.

Boko Haram is attempting to impose an Islamic state in Nigeria. In pursuit of its goals, it stepped up attacks five years ago and has recently launched violent raids on churches, schools, villages, markets, and bus stations.

Sources: Assist News Service, God Reports

Prayer Points

  • Join with our Nigerian brothers and sisters and many others around the world in pleading to the Lord to intervene and end the bloodshed in this nation, to rescue the captives, comfort the suffering and bring courage to the fearful.
  • Ask the Lord to frustrate the plans of those who are responsible, put a stop to their evil schemes and bring them to justice.
  • Pray for all members of Boko Haram, that the Lord will bring conviction and repentance to many