Thirteen members of a church in the Plateau state of Nigeria were killed by armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen on Wednesday 8 January. On the same day, four students were kidnapped from a Catholic seminary in Kaduna state.
“They were shooting with guns in all directions, forcing the villagers to scamper into surrounding bushes,” Michael Mutding, 40, who lives in the area, wrote in a text message. “Corpses of those killed have been evacuated by soldiers and police to the mortuary of Mangu Cottage Hospital; and all the victims are members of COCIN.”
About 1,000 believers were killed by Islamic militants during 2019, according to a report from Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART) about the persecution of Nigeria’s Christian community.
Sources: Morning Star News, Assist News Service
- Ask God to comfort the victims’ families in their grief. Pray He will give them the strength to endure this time of great suffering. Intercede for the captives.
- Pray the church in Nigeria will be given the continued willingness to speak out against retaliation and spread forgiveness.
- Pray the Christians in Nigeria and all over the world will pray for salvation of the Fulani and Boko Haram Muslims.
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