Date: June 1, 2018
A church minister and at least 15 people were killed in an attack on a church service and Christian-majority neighbourhood in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, on Tuesday 1 May. “They surrounded the building and went in while a service was being held, throwing grenades and firing at the participants. They killed the minister on the spot along with five others,” one church leader told Barnabas Fund. The attackers then rampaged through the Christian-majority neighbourhood, “looting shops and killing one of our church members in front of his house”.
The same church had been attacked in 2014, when gunmen armed with grenades killed another church minister and several worshippers.
Despite the government agreeing a ceasefire with Islamist rebel groups in 2017, the Christian-majority Central African Republic continues to be wracked by violence, which began in 2013, when the Seleka Islamist group briefly overthrew the government. UN peacekeepers and government security personnel have been attacked by Muslim armed groups in Bangui, while reprisal attacks have also been perpetrated by so-called Christian “anti-balaka” militia groups, although their actions have been condemned by church leaders.
Ask Lord Jesus, Prince of Peace, to bring shalom to the war-torn CAR. Pray for unity within the government and steadfastness on the part of international peace-keeping forces to oppose the violence perpetrated by Islamists.