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10/21/2022 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – On Sunday, October 16, two gunmen attacked a church in northern Nigeria’s Kogi state during a worship service. The two gun-wielding assailants rode up to Celestial Church on motorcycles.

According to Jerry Omodara, Kogi state’s top security official, the two militants fatally shot a woman and her young daughter and injured an unknown number of congregants. Omodara also believes that the militants specifically targeted the church and its members.

He said, “It looked like it was organized against that particular church, because their altar was burned with petrol they went with.” 

Church attacks are not uncommon in Nigeria, a country that remains a hotbed of religious violence.  

Earlier this year, gunmen opened fire at a church in southwestern Nigeria. Forty-eight people were killed. Subsequent attacks just in the past six months demonstrate the prevalence of violence against Christians in the Muslim-majority nation. 

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