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At the very least 8 slain in assault on Christian village in Nigeria

Borno State

At the very least eight individuals have been killed in an assault on Tuesday night (Might 3) by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists on a predominantly Christian village in northeastern Nigeria, sources stated.

Within the newest of a number of assaults by the Islamic extremists on Christian communities in Chibok County, Borno state, ISWAP militants stormed Kautikari city after 6 p.m., not solely taking pictures individuals useless however looting properties and destroying many houses, space residents stated.

“Kautikari neighborhood is true now being attacked by ISWAP (Boko Haram) terrorists,” space resident Musa Nkeki informed Morning Star Information in a textual content message. “Your prayer is urgently wanted for God’s intervention.”

Resident Yohanna Daniel additionally texted Morning Star Information, saying, “We’d like safety intervention please, earlier than it’s too late.”

The 2 residents stated a whole lot of residents had fled the realm. Daniel recognized the slain as Yanta Ali, Mallum Dzakwa, Dawi Pogu, Lado Manu, Joshu’a Sanda, Tabji Mutah, Albert Tabji and Ngwaksa Aboku.

Native sources informed the Daily Trust newspaper that eight our bodies had been recovered, that many individuals have been nonetheless lacking and that the assailants had burned down a navy base.

Nkeki informed Morning Star Information that this was the second assault within the Chibok space in lower than a month, as ISWAP terrorists on April 18 attacked Yimirmugza village, abducting six Christians.

“They shot sporadically on anybody in sight, thereby forcing all Christian residents to flee for his or her lives,” Nkeki stated. “On the finish of the assault, the terrorists killed a Christian by the identify of Godwin Isa’ac and kidnapped six ladies.”

He recognized the six kidnapped ladies as Christiana Fali, Rhoda Fali, Hannatu Fali and Lydia Fali, all from one household, and Asabe Sunday and Rifkatu John.

The terrorists additionally carted away livestock, meals and invaluable objects, he stated.

On Feb. 25, suspected ISWAP terrorists killed three Christians in an assault on Kautikari and destroyed a church constructing. Kautikari was additionally attacked in mid-January, when 24 Christian ladies and youngsters have been captured and brought into captivity, and a worship auditorium of an area congregation was additionally broken. Three individuals have been stated to have been killed and many homes and church buildings burned.

ISWAP attacked one other Chibok city, Piyemi, on Jan. 20, with 19 individuals, largely ladies, kidnapped and a vigilante chief beheaded.

Chibok leaders have reported that their communities have been attacked greater than 72 instances because the 2014 kidnapping of 276 public highschool ladies within the predominantly Christian space. After eight years by which 57 ladies escaped on their very own and others have been launched, 110 of the women stay in captivity, in accordance a report launched in late January by the Chibok Space Growth Affiliation.

ISWAP broke off from Boko Haram in 2016. An Abubakar Shekau-led faction of Boko Haram in 2016 formally aligned with the Islamic State and altered its identify to Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), although many Nigerians nonetheless discuss with the Shekau-led faction of ISWAP by its authentic identify, Boko Haram. The Islamic State acknowledges the ISWAP faction that broke away from Shekau as its cell within the area, in line with the U.S. Fee on Worldwide Non secular Freedom (USCIRF).

Nigeria led the world in Christians killed for his or her religion final yr (Oct. 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021) at 4,650, up from 3,530 the earlier yr, in line with Open Doorways’ 2022 World Watch Record report. The variety of kidnapped Christians was additionally highest in Nigeria, at greater than 2,500, up from 990 the earlier yr, in line with the WWL report.

Nigeria trailed solely China within the variety of church buildings attacked, with 470 instances, in line with the report.

Within the 2022 World Watch Record of the nations the place it’s most tough to be a Christian, Nigeria jumped to seventh place, its highest rating ever, from No. 9 the earlier yr.

© Morning Star Information

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