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08/30/2023 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Nigerian security forces have rescued 25 captives, mostly women and children, held by Boko Haram in the northeastern part of the country.

The military operation took place in Gwoza district, in the northeastern state of Borno. Gwoza is a known hotbed for jihadist violence, which has left thousands homeless and without livelihoods.

The name “Boko Haram” roughly translates to “Western education is a sin” in the local Hausa language. Boko Haram began its insurgency in Nigeria in 2009, attempting to establish Shariah law in the West African nation. Today, it remains active in Nigeria and frequently targets women and children.

Now split into two factions, Boko Haram seems to be making a comeback after its territory was significantly reduced in 2015, the year it pledged allegiance to Islamic State and created the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP).

Please pray for the families of those who have been kidnapped and killed by Boko Haram and for the safety of Nigerians living in extreme violence. Pray that the Nigerian government would be wise in dealing with these extremists and that this insurgency will end.

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