Terrorists Attack Two Church Services in Northern Nigeria on Sunday

April 30, 2012

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – Coordinated attacks attributed to Muslim terrorists left at least 19 dead on Sunday in areas here where Christian Aid Mission is assisting native evangelists. The Virginia-based non-profit ministry is collecting emergency relief for refugees and victims of such attacks, gift code 500-IUCN.

A spokesman for the ministry said that over 34 churches and fellowships were planted in the area last year and that despite the increased number of terrorist attacks from Boko Haram, all missionary activities are continuing.

Both Sunday attacks were made upon Christians while they were attending worship services in Kano, and Maiduguri, the capital of Northeast Borno state. Police attributed the attacks to Boko Haram, an Islamic terrorist sect which is seeking to create a separate Muslim state in northern Nigeria.

Christian Aid Mission is assisting native missionaries here who are reaching out to the Fulanis and Hausa tribes, providing literacy programs, schools and veterinary services.

Rae Burnett, the African Director for Christian Aid, speaking earlier on the crisis in northern Nigeria and throughout North Africa, praised the native missionaries. “Under threat of persecution and even death, these men and women are quietly, wisely, and successfully bringing the gospel to their people. Scrutiny has greatly increased since the recent unrest began, and I am so grateful to have these working contacts in place during this time of intensified crisis. But it must be understood, for these men and women every moment of their lives has been potentially dangerous since the day they became followers of Christ.”

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