04/14/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – According to Vanguard News, suspected Boko Haram terrorists launched an attack over the weekend which killed seven and displaced thousands from Adamawa state, northeastern Nigeria.
“During the attack that lasted for more than two hours, more than 20 persons were injured and no fewer than 20 persons are unaccounted for as at this report,” stated Simon Yakubu, the District Head of Dugwaba,
“Places of worship, schools, shops food stores and village head house were destroyed”.
Dr Mohammed Sulaiman, the executive secretary of the Adamawa state emergency Management agency, told Vanguard News that the gunmen killed seven people during the attack, three of whom were children. Many people were also reportedly kidnapped, the exact number currently unknown.
For over a decade, Boko Haram has killed and displaced thousands of Christians in an attempt to discard western influence and impose strict Islamic Sharia law. The Christian charity Open Doors summarizes the terror group in this way: “In short, they view themselves as the ultimate expression of Islam, carrying out the true preaching and mission of the Muslim faith, which in their extremist view means fighting a holy war. Even the name ‘Boko Haram’ roughly means ‘Western education is forbidden.’ They believe anything outside of their radical interpretation of Islam is meant to be fought against and is not to be accepted. To do this, their ultimate aim is to set up an Islamic state in northern Nigeria.”
Please pray for the safe return of all who have been kidnapped. Please pray for the end of the Boko Haram insurgency and for the Lord to soften the hearts of militants, who all too often are children forced to partake in heinous acts of violence. Please also pray for those who have been victims of terrorism, for the Lord to heal them and strengthen the church amidst persecution.
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