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Nigeria: pastor shot and 25 churchgoers kidnapped


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Terrorists attacked a church service in northwestern Nigeria on Sunday 15 January, shot and wounded the pastor and kidnapped 25 congregation members, sources mentioned.

The assailants stormed into the morning worship service of New Life for All Church in Katsina state’s Dantsauri village, Gidan Haruna District, Kankara County, mentioned Gambo Isah of the Katsina State Police Command.

“A misery name was acquired that terrorists of their numbers, capturing sporadically, invaded Dantsauri village in Kankara,” Isah mentioned in an announcement. “The terrorists shot one Pastor Haruna on his hand and kidnapped 5 girls who have been in a Sunday service of their church.”

While Isah talked about 5 females (together with two minors) kidnapped, space residents and the Senior Special Assistant on Christian Affairs to Gov. Aminu Bello Masari, the Rev. Ishaya Jurau, advised media that 25 church members have been kidnapped, and that 9 of them quickly escaped.

Police spokesman Isah recognized the 5 kidnapped females as Rabi Isiaku, 15; Nooseba Shuaibu, 13; Rabi Saidu, 36; Rabi Baba, 49; and Saratu Hadi, 27. He mentioned the pastor acquired remedy at General Hospital, Kankara.

Area resident Francis Sardauna mentioned in a textual content message to Morning Star News that the assailants arrived on bikes.

“Terrorists attacked an area Christian meeting…shot the pastor of the church and kidnapped 25 worshippers,” Sardauna mentioned.

Nigeria led the world in Christians killed for his or her religion in 2022, with 5,014, in keeping with Open Doors’ 2023 World Watch List (WWL) report. It additionally led the world in Christians kidnapped (4,726), sexually assaulted or harassed, forcibly married or bodily or mentally abused, and it additionally had essentially the most houses and companies attacked for faith-based causes. As within the earlier 12 months, Nigeria had the second most church assaults and internally displaced individuals.

In the 2023 World Watch List of the nations the place it’s most troublesome to be a Christian, Nigeria jumped to sixth place, its highest rating ever, from No. 7 the earlier 12 months.

“Militants from the Fulani, Boko Haram, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and others conduct raids on Christian communities, killing, maiming, raping and kidnapping for ransom or sexual slavery,” the WWL report famous. “This 12 months has additionally seen this violence spill over into the Christian-majority south of the nation… Nigeria’s authorities continues to disclaim that is spiritual persecution, so violations of Christians’ rights are carried out with impunity.”

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