By Valkyrie Armstrong
07/12/2022 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) — Hundreds of prisoners escaped a prison near Abuja, Nigeria, due to an attack attributed to Boko Haram.
Equipped with explosives, the attackers managed to free 600 of the 994 inmates at the Kuje medium-security prison last Tuesday. According to Nigeria’s defense minister, Bashir Magashi, only about half of the escaped prisoners have been found.
Magashi explained during a press briefing on Monday morning that the gunmen were most likely Boko Haram, a West African Islamist organization, because a large number of captured Boko Haram fighters were released in the attack. Sixty-four of the Islamist extremists were in Kuje prison and all escaped. The permanent secretary of Nigeria’s Ministry of Interior, Shuaib Belgore, has also asserted that the rebels were Boko Haram, indicating that the jailbreak was a plan to rescue their extremist allies.
Witnesses say that the attack lasted for over an hour, but security forces did not arrive to help until many inmates had already escaped. One prison guard was killed and three others were injured in the chaos.
Armed extremist groups have been gaining power in Nigeria with a lack of effective opposition from security forces and government officials. Boko Haram has maintained an insurgency in Northern Nigeria for nearly thirteen years and has displaced over 2.4 million through violent attacks and threats. The terrorist group has murdered tens of thousands of Christians and forcefully converted many others in Nigeria.
Please pray for the end of the Boko Haram attacks and for the Lord to soften the hearts of militants. Please also pray for the Lord to heal and strengthen victims of terrorism and the church amidst persecution.
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