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Suspected Islamic militants attacked and killed a pastor and his son, and firebombed their church yesterday in the northeastern Nigerian state of Yobe. Three northeastern states, including Yobe, are under a government declared military emergency in response to an Islamic uprising that has killed more than 1,700 persons since 2010. The Islamists' stated goal is to convert Nigeria into an Islamic state.
142 corpses have been discovered in a town located in northeastern Nigeria after suspected Boko Haram militants attacked. Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group fighting to carve out a separate Islamic state in Nigeria, have also focused their brutality on Christians living in northern Nigeria. Church bombings and drive-by shootings are among the group's "go-to" tactics to terrorize Christians. Should this most recent incident of violence lead Christians to fear that a large-scale attack is coming?
A Christian man and his two sons were killed in the latest night raid by Muslim extremists in Nigeria's Plateau state. According to reports, a group of ethnic Fulani herdsmen attacked the village of Gura Dabwam on September 3, killing Dauda Dalyop and his two teenage sons. This is the third reported attack on Christians in Nigeria's volatile Middle Belt Region in the past month. With no government protection, Christians will likely continue to suffer these heinous attacks. Also, the local government in Nigeria's northern state of Borno announced it intention to demolish 25 churches and Christian schools to make room for a new housing development. Christians in Borno are fighting this announcement, but it is likely that the demolition will take place anyway.
In response to Pope Francis calling on Christians to pray for peace in Syria, a priest in Nigeria has called on Christians living in the West African country to apply this practice to their country as well. Christians have faced intense persecution at the hands of Islamic extremists operating in Nigeria's northern states. Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group attempting to carve out a separate Islamic state, has targeted Christians for church bombings and drive-by shootings aimed at terrorizing Christians living in the north. Please join these persecuted Christians in praying for peace.
Attacks against Christian in northern and central Nigeria have continued to escalate in both number and brutality over the past weeks. Christian families living in Nigeria's central states have been slaughtered by Muslim extremists supposedly encouraged by the extremist group Boko Haram. Also, Christians living in the northern states have had to continue to live in a constant state of fear due to the potential of being targeted by Boko Haram as the group fights the government to carve out a separate Islamic state where it can impose its radical interpretation of Islamic law.
Last week, a group of Muslim extremists likely belonging to the ethnic Fulani herdsmen shot and killed 6 Christians living in a village outside of Nigeria's central city of Jos. Tensions between Fulani herdsmen and Christians have remained high for many years and outbreaks of violence between the two groups is not uncommon. In this case, a Christian family whose house was close to the edge of the village was raided by gunmen and the entire family was slaughtered including a 7 year-old boy. Please pray for peace in Nigeria's central states.
According to sources at Vanguard in northern Nigeria, the state government of Nigeria's Borno state plans to demolish about 25 churches and Christian schools. The local government says that the demolition is necessary to set up new housing estates, but plans for these new housing estates have yet to be produced. Leaders within the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) believe it is just another attempt by state governments in northern Nigeria to persecute the Christian minority.
Reports of violence between religious communities continues to flow out of Nigeria's northern states. Raids by Fulani Muslim herdsman is just one of many dangers faced by persecuted Christians living in northern Nigeria. Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group attempting to carve out a separate Islamic state in northern Nigeria, is another. Will the international community start turning its attention to the suffering of Christians in northern Nigeria? Please pray!
On the roadside near Nigeria's central city of Jos, 5 Christians were forced off of a minibus and executed after declaring their faith to their captors. Witnesses suspect the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram to be behind the ambush, but confirmation by the group has yet to be declared. Christians in Nigeria's northern and middle belt states have found themselves under increased attack after Boko Haram began its armed insurgency in 2009. Since then, Boko Haram is thought to be responsible for over 3,000 deaths, many victims being targeted because of their Christian faith.
Between July 25 and August 3 the Nigerian military suspects that Abu-Bakr Shekau, the leader of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, died of wounds he sustained in a firefight with government forces. Many, including Christians in Nigeria, are questioning what Boko Haram's reaction to this news will be. Will the group come to the negotiation table and broker a peace deal or will they become more violent? In weeks following the suspected death of Shekau, Boko Haram has perpetrated a series of brutal attacks, maybe indicating the choice the group has already made. Please pray for the persecuted Christians of Nigeria as they face this chaotic time.
According to sources inside northern Nigeria, 6 Christians were recently killed outside the Nigerian city of Jos when they were ordered off a minibus and executed by suspected Boko Haram militants. All of the victims were members of the same church and were ordered to lay on the ground after they told gunmen what religion they belonged to. After robbing them, the extremists executed them on the roadside. Violence like this continues to be perpetuated against Christians in northern Nigeria, prompting many in the international community to advocate for international intervention.
The US State Dept. recently said that it strongly condemns the recent killings committed by the Boko Haram extremist group in northern Nigeria. On August 10, suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a mosque in northern Nigeria killing 44 people. The State Dept. also acknowledged the suffering of Christians in northern Nigeria. The Christian minority living in northern Nigeria often find themselves the targets of Boko Haram's most heinous attacks including church bombings, drive-by shootings and midnight home invasions. Please keep northern Nigeria in your prayers.
In recent history, Nigeria's middle belt and northern regions have been a scene of extremism fueled by a climate of impunity due to government inaction. All of this has led to a rise in Christian persecution. Small misunderstandings between Nigeria's Muslim and Christian communities can easily lead to all out aggression, as exemplified in this story below. Please pray for the persecuted of Nigeria as they daily face ever escalating levels of extremism.
According to a Christian leader in northern Nigeria, the climate of impunity created by Nigeria's inaction against Boko Haram and other Islamic extremists has led to an all out assault on Christians living in the West African country. With the Boko Haram conflict in its fourth year, Nigeria has shown either an inability or unwillingness to bring the perpetrators of violence against Christians to justice. This lack of justice has only encouraged attacks on northern Nigeria's minority Christian population. Please pray for the Christians living in this persecuted land.
In a recent interview with Morning Star News, a Christian leader from northern Nigeria has said that the climate of impunity in Nigeria has led to a genocide of Christians. The Islamic extremist group Boko Haram seems to be at the forefront of this wave of anti-Christian violence as it battles to carve out a separate Islamic state in Nigeria's northern states. According to a recent USCIRF report, over 12,000 people have been killed in the largely anti-Christian violence perpetrated by Boko Haram since the beginning of 2012.
USCIRF Reports 12,000 People Killed in Anti-Christian Violence in Northern Nigeria Since Beginning of 2012Friday, August 23rd, 2013
In a recent report released by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), the non-partisan group has reported that about 12,000 people have been killed in the largely anti-Christian violence that has swept across northern Nigeria. All of the deaths reported by USCIRF where caused by attacks claimed by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. USCIRF has recently recommended to the US government that Nigeria needs to be designated a "Country of Particular Concern" for its violations of religious freedom. Please pray for the persecuted in Nigeria.
In a recent report, The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has said that the Nigerian government has failed to protect Christians and other civilians from attacks from Boko Haram and religious violence in the country's northern states. It is estimated that over 3,000 people have been murdered by the Islamic extremist group as it attempts to carve out a separate Islamic state where it can enforce its ultra conservative interpretation of Sharia law. Because Nigeria has shown the inability to protect Christians and other religious minorities, USCIRF has recommended that the US designate Nigeria a Country of Particular Concern in regards to violations of religious freedom.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) declared yesterday that it is unhappy that the leader of the Islamic militant group Boko Haram has been reportedly killed by Nigerian security forces. CAN leadership said that it would have been better if Shekau had been captured alive and faced justice in a public courtroom where he could answer for the atrocities Boko Haram has visited upon thousands in northern Nigeria. CAN leadership used its announcement yesterday to also send a message to other Boko Haram members, inviting them to lay down their arms before they share a similar fate as their leader.
The Nigerian army has announced that it suspects that Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, has died of wounds he received during a fire fight with army forces in late June. According to the army's announcement, Shekau was wounded during a clash with Nigerian forces on June 30. He likely survived the clash, but died a month later due to complications. In its attempt to establish an Islamic state in northern Nigeria, Boko Haram has terrorized the Christian community living in the north. Targeted for church bombings and drive-by shootings, Christian living in northern Nigeria have been forced to live in a constant state of fear. Will Boko Haram's capability now be diminished with the death of its leader?
Attacks by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram continues to dominate news coming out of Nigeria. The group is thought to be behind a recent attack on a town in northeast Nigeria that claimed the lives of 11 people. Christians often find themselves the targets of attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram. Church bombings and drive-by shootings in Christian neighborhoods is not uncommon in northern Nigeria.
At least 50 people have been killed in a series of attacks in northern Nigeria suspected to be perpetrated by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. According to reports, Christians and Muslims were killed by suspected Boko Haram militants in numerous attacks taking place across Nigeria's Borno State. One major attack took place at a mosque where gunmen opened fire on Muslims gathered for prayer. Both Christians and Muslims have stood up and condemned the violence. Hopefully this will lead to greater unity between the two groups as they continue to suffer under the scourge of Boko Haram.
Christian and Muslims across Nigeria have stood united in condemning Boko Haram's latest attack in northern Nigeria. The group is suspected to be behind attacks on mosques in northern Nigeria where moderate imam's preached against the group's radical ideals. Christians, who have often found themselves Boko Haram's main targets in northern Nigeria, stood with Muslims in condemning this attack stating that religious extremism is not acceptable in Nigerian society.
On Sunday, August 11, Islamic extremists connected to Boko Haram attacked moderate Muslims praying at a mosque in Nigeria's northeastern Borno State. Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group fighting the Nigerian government to carve out a separate Islamic state in northern Nigeria, is known for its attacks on schools, government buildings and Christians. As part of its campaign of terror, Boko Haram often targets Christians living in northern Nigeria for the group's most heinous attacks. Boko Haram also targets moderate Muslims who speak out against the violence being committed in the name of Islam. Please pray for the victims of this most recent tragedy.
In a recent statement, Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan denied the possibility of Nigeria dividing in 2015 on religious lines. Nigeria is roughly evenly divided between Christians and Muslims. In the Muslim dominated north, the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has been conducting an armed insurgency that has dominated Nigerian politics for the past four years. This conflict has led many to wonder whether Nigeria will divide along religious lines to bring peace to Nigeria's north. Christians, living in the minority in northern Nigeria, are being persecuted by Boko Haram, leading to a mass exodus of Christians moving into the south.
According to the International Criminal Court, over 1,200 people have been killed by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram in northern Nigeria since it started its armed insurgency in 2009. Christians, a minority in northern Nigeria, have been targeted by the group for some of the worse acts of terror including church bombings and drive-by shootings. Boko Haram is attempting to carve out a separate Islamic state in northern Nigeria where it can impose its extreme brand of Sharia law. Please pray for the Christians being persecuted daily by Boko Haram.
Paul Marshall, a member of the D.C.-based Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, has urged the US government to take action against Boko Haram and protect Christians in Nigeria. Marshall highlighted the most recent attack against Christian in Nigeria when several bombs were detonated in Christian neighborhoods in Nigeria's northern city of Kano. The attack reportedly left over 50 people dead. The US Commission on Religious Freedom has also called on the US government to label Nigeria a "Country of Particular Concern" which would allow the US to take action against religious intolerance in the African nation. So far, little has been done by the US to protect Christians in Nigeria.
In 2009, the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram began its armed insurgency in Nigeria's northern states. Since then, the group is estimated to be responsible for killing over 3,000 people as it struggles to carve out a separate Islamic state where it can impose its extreme brand of Sharia law. As a part of Boko Haram's operations in northern Nigeria, churches and Christian communities are targeted for some of the most brutal attacks. Last Monday, several churches in the northern city of Kano were bombed while church members were attending prayer meetings. Is this the government's response? Will it effectively protect Christians from Boko Haram?
In condemning last Monday's bomb attack on a Christian neighborhood in Kano, Nigeria, the leader of the Methodist Church Nigeria has declared Nigeria should be a place of freedom for believers of all religions. In recent years, Christians living in northern Nigeria have been targeted by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. Now many Christians living in Nigeria's northern states are forced to live in a constant state of terror.
Since beginning its insurgency in 2009, Boko Haram is estimated to be responsible for the killing of over 3,000 people, including government officials, moderate Muslims and Christians. Church bombings and drive-by shootings continues to be some of the "go-to" tactics the groups uses to especially terrorize Christians living in northern Nigeria. How much longer until Christians are safe in Nigeria?
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