Emily Johnson
Mon, Sep 11, 2023 7:35 PM

Terrorists Kill Christians, Kidnap Others in Nigeria

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Terrorists Kill Christians, Kidnap Others in Nigeria
Terrorists attacked a town in Taraba state, Nigeria, killing two Christians, injuring several others, and kidnapping six individuals. This incident adds to the ongoing wave of violence and persecution against Christians in the country.

Terrorists struck a town in Taraba state, Nigeria, early on Sunday, resulting in the death of two Christians and leaving several others wounded. Additionally, six individuals were kidnapped by the assailants.

The attack occurred in the Mile Six area of Jalingo, where the terrorists targeted a Christian neighborhood. Balanko Alex and his wife were among those killed, while numerous Christians sustained injuries during the assault.

Emmanuel Moses, a local resident, reported the incident and conveyed the information via text message. Another area resident, John Hussaini, confirmed the details, disclosing that two other Christians were kidnapped on Takum Road between Manya and Gangum two days prior.

Abdullahi Usman, the spokesperson for the Taraba State Police Command, verified the killing of the couple and the subsequent kidnappings. Usman stated that the gunmen broke into the victims' house by scaling over the fence.

Fulani herdsmen and other extremist groups have been responsible for numerous attacks in the region. In June 2023, these militants killed 20 Christians in the town of Takum, which is situated in Taraba state.

Nigeria stands out as the country with the highest number of Christians killed for their faith in 2022, according to Open Doors' 2023 World Watch List (WWL) report. It leads in other alarming categories as well, including Christians abducted, sexually assaulted or harassed, forcibly married, mentally or physically abused, and properties attacked due to faith-based reasons.

The report highlights Nigeria's leap to the sixth position in the World Watch List of the countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian. This ranking signifies Nigeria's highest placement ever, moving up from the seventh position in the previous year.

Various extremist groups, such as the Fulani, Boko Haram, and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), continue to target Christian communities, carrying out acts of violence including killings, maiming, rape, and kidnappings for ransom or sexual slavery. The aggression has also spilled over into the Christian-majority regions of the country.

The Nigerian government has persistently denied that these attacks constitute religious persecution, allowing the violations of Christians' rights to occur with impunity.

Christian leaders in Nigeria believe that the Fulani herdsmen's attacks on Christian communities in the Middle Belt region are driven by their desire to seize Christian lands and enforce Islam. Desertification has made it challenging for them to sustain their herds, further exacerbating tensions.

The continuous wave of violence and persecution against Christians in Nigeria calls for urgent attention from the international community and organizations. If you want to support persecuted Christians, several aid agencies are working tirelessly to alleviate their suffering. Visit the Morning Star News website for a list of organizations that can show you how to get involved.

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