Date:  February 21, 2024

“There is tension now in my village. We are killed because of our faith in Jesus.”

Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – From February 16 to February 19, suspected Islamic terrorists killed 23 people, injured 10, kidnapped five, and set ablaze 28 houses across multiple villages in Nigeria. It is unknown if these are coordinated attacks or if the same terrorists are committing each attack in the area.

On Friday, February 16, suspected Islamic terrorists invaded the Kwassam community in Kauru County of Benue State, burned six people alive, and kidnapped five others, including a well-known banker.

Then, in the early morning of February 18, suspected Islamic terrorists killed 11 Christians and burned down 28 houses in Adama Dutse Village in Kaduna State. According to residents from the village who confirmed the attack, “The attackers were on many motorcycles, shouting ‘Allah Akbar’ [God is Greatest].” The villagers were said to be sleeping when the terrorists launched the attack in the early morning hours.

“Police came seven hours after the attack to take photos and ask questions,” said Audu Tanko from Kajuru county. “There is tension now in my village. We are killed because of our faith in Jesus,” said Tanko.

A day later, in the late hours of February 19, suspected terrorists attacked a Christian community in Katsina, the home state of former president Mahamadu Buhari. The Nigeria Police confirmed six people were killed and 10 were injured during the attack. The terrorist stormed the village of Nasarawa in the Faskari county of Katsina State late Monday with heavy arms, including AK-47 rifles, said Abubakar Aliyu, the spokesperson for the Nigeria police in Katsina State, in a press statement.

The police spokesman said, “In total, six people were shot dead and about 10 injured. The gunmen also set ablaze three houses and about 10 vehicles.”

HOW TO PRAY: Pray for healing and comfort for those who lost loved ones. Pray for protection for those who remain in the villages. Pray for the perpetrators to come to know the love of Christ.