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Millions of Nigerians from Nigeria's northern and central states are suffering due to the uprising of the Islamic terrorist network Boko Haram. Boko Haram began its armed insurgency in 2009 and has since targeted government institutions and Christians as the mainstay in its campaign of terror. Church bombings, drive-by shootings and armed raids on Christian villages are among the deadliest terror tactics Boko Haram employs to force Christians out of northern Nigeria.
The death toll following last weeks attacks on Christian villages in central Nigeria has risen above 150 according to local government officials. Attacks on Christians in Nigeria' northern and central states has dramatically increased in 2014. Christians are being attacked almost on a weekly basis. Fulani herdsman, who are mostly Muslim, and the extremist group Boko Haram are at the forefront of perpetrating these attacks on Christians. What can be done to stop the violence?
Death Toll Rises To 150 in Attack on Nigerian Christians, Including Pastor’s Wife And Three ChildrenTuesday, March 25th, 2014
Two women give an incredible account of their time being held captive by the Boko Haram, an Islamic-based terrorist group in Northern Nigeria. One of the women was told to convert to Islam so that she could be married to a man. This rare inside look into Boko Haram provides a worrisome view of the terror group, made up of many who were known by those who they are now terrorizing.
The continued attacks by terrorist groups and other gunmen have caused massive damage throughout both Northern and Central Nigeria. Despite efforts to implement a state of emergency the attacks have only accelerated in pace and severity.
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that attacks against Christians in Nigeria over the weekend claimed the lives of over 150 people. With such incidents on the rise in 2014, the current instability of the country is evident.
100 Christians, including a Pastor and his family, were attacked and killed by Muslim herders in Nigeria.
The absolute horrors being committed throughout Nigeria by the terrorist group Boko Haram have devastated the country. The Christian community continues to speak out, despite a military enforced “state of emergency” the attacks continued unabated. On March 8, three more churches were burned to the ashes. Weekly attacks have occurred throughout the region and the death toll just in the month of February exceeded 400 in three states alone.
The spokesman for Nigeria's president has described the conflict with Islamic terrorist in the countries North as a state of war. Over the past several years militants connected with the Boko Haram group have murdered thousands of civilians, often targeting churches and Christian villages. Earlier this week 16 Christians, mostly women and children, were shot or burned alive by a group of Islamic militants in Plateau State in a series of attacks on Christian villages. Nigeria's security forces appear to be unable or unwilling to stop the weekly attacks.
Northeast Nigeria has in recent weeks become a killing field for Islamic radicals connected with the "Boko Haram" movement. In the last few months hundreds have been killed, with Christian communities often bearing the brunt of attacks. On Monday and Tuesday of this week gunmen assaulted five different villages, killing sixteen Christians, most of whom were women and children. Nigerian government forces were either not present or refused to engage the militants. Thousands have been killed and tens of thousands have fled Nigeria's north as the Islamic militant group targets police stations, churches, schools, and Christian homes.
Repeated Boko Haram attacks on several Christian villages over the past two months has created what some experts are calling a aid crisis. Due to the increase in violence, many Christians are beginning to flee northern Nigeria, seeking refuge in the south or boarding countries. unfortunately, little to no aid awaits them and they are forces to scrounge to sustain their lives. Please pray for these persecuted Christians.
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that at least 58 students were killed after Islamic militants attacked a secondary school in northeastern Nigeria late Monday night, February 24. The militants, suspected to be connected to Boko Haram, blocked the exits of a boys’ dormitory, set it on fire and killed the boys who tried to escape the flames. Many of the boys who could not escape were burned alive.
Boko Haram continues its campaign of terror in northern Nigeria. Early Tuesday, militants suspected to be linked to the Islamic terrorist network attacked a secondary school in Buni Yadi, located in Nigeria's northeastern state of Yobe. Christians, educational institutions and government assets have been to focus of Boko Haram's attacks as they attempt to carve out a separate Islamic state in northern Nigeria. Please pray for peace and security to be established in northern Nigeria.
Christians living in northern Nigeria have become a favorite target of the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram. Set on establishing a separate Islamic state, Boko Haram is using violence and terror to drive Christians out of the northern parts of Nigeria. Some Christians have expressed their concern over the lack of protection they have received from both the federal and local government.
Since the beginning of 2014, the Nigerian government has proven unable to protect Christians living in northern Nigeria from the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram. According to estimates, over 350 people have been killed in northern Nigeria by Boko Haram since the beginning of 2014. Many of these victims were murdered for no other reason than their Christians faith. Please pray that security and peace will soon be established in northern Nigeria.
After the most violent week for Christians in Nigeria, local Christian leaders are calling on people to pray against further violence. According to reports, the Islamic terrorist network Boko Haram has killed hundreds of Christians in a series of attacks in northern Nigeria. Please, join our brothers and sisters in prayer for peace.
Attacks on Christian communities across northern Nigeria continued over last weekend when Boko Haram militants surrounded a Christian village, gathered up many of the Christian men in the village square and executed over 100 people. The levels of anti-Christian violence continue to rise in northern Nigeria as the government struggles to control the Boko Haram insurgency. Please pray for the Christians who find themselves targeted by Boko Haram.
Reports of more attacks on Christian communities in northern Nigeria continue to be collected following this weekend's attack on the Christian village of Izghe in Nigeria's northern state of Borno. It is believed that Boko Haram militants are behind these attacks, intensifying their campaign to cleanse Nigeria's northern regions of Christians. It is now believed that as many as 200 people may have been killed in a series of attacks over the weekend. Many are now questioning the Nigeria government inability to protect its Christian citizens.
On Saturday night, Feb. 15, Christians in a village located in northern Nigeria were attacked by Boko Haram. As many as 106 Christians were killed in that attack, marking the single deadliest attack on Christians in 2014. This attack is only the latest in a series of attacks on Christian villages that began to intensify in January 2014. Christians living in northern and central Nigeria have been attacked almost every weekend in 2014. When will the violence stop?
In Boko Haram's latest attack on Christian in northern Nigeria, the militants dressed in military uniform and stormed a Christian village. The militants then began shooting Christian residents of the town, specifically targeting male residents. This is just another attack by Boko Haram on the Christian community living in northern Nigeria. Bent on establishing a purely Islamic society in northern Nigeria, Boko Haram has been using extreme violence to drive Christians out of northern Nigeria since 2009.
According to sources in northeastern Nigeria, suspected Islamic extremists connected to the Boko Haram group have attacked another mostly Christian village. According to survivors, at least 50 Christians were either gunned down by the extremists or had their throats slit. How long until the world will confront Christian persecution running rampant in northern Nigeria?
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