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03/25/2021 Niger (International Christian Concern) – Insurgents riding motorcycles raided three villages in Niger’s Tahoua region bordering Mali on Sunday afternoon, killing 137 civilians. 

“In treating civilian populations systematically as targets now, these armed bandits have gone a step further into horror and brutality,” stated government representative Zakaria Abdourahamane, while addressing the public on television.

The massacre, blamed on affiliates of the Islamic State, is the worst in recent memory and surpassed the January attack that killed 100, as well as an attack last week which left 58 civilians dead.

“The Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, a potent armed group with loose ties to the Islamic State, has been conducting sophisticated attacks in the border regions of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso,” Wrote Ruth Maclean of the New York Times, “In the past four months, militants have raided four major military outposts in Mali and Niger, killing 300 soldiers.”  

As Islamic extremism continues to grow in the area, Niger’s minority Christian community will experience increased violence at the hands of those who hate them most. Please pray that those responsible for this attack are be found and held accountable and that Christians remain safe during this time. Please continue to pray for the healing of those traumatized by violence, and for the Lord to comfort those who are grieving the loss of loved ones. Please also pray for the perpetrators of violence and terrorism, that they will receive the truth of the Gospel with open hearts and be granted true repentance in Christ.

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