ABUJA, Nigeria — Seventeen Christians were recently killed and 35 were kidnapped in violence that, for many years, has targeted Nigerian believers.
Nigeria has led the world in the number of Christians killed for their faith or abducted in recent years, according to Open Doors, an organization that supports persecuted Christians around the world. The following are recent reports released from Morning Star:
— Sept. 20: Muslim Fulani herdsmen raided Kola village in Nigeria’s Nasarawa state, killing one Christian and injuring three others, one of whom is a Baptist pastor.
— Sept. 15: Fifteen Christians were killed in Dogon Noma village in Kaduna state and 32 were kidnapped. Sources say the attackers were Muslim Fulani herdsmen.
— Sept. 13: Armed attackers abducted an Evangelical Church Winning All pastor and two other Christians from Jos East County in Plateau state.
— Sept. 7: A seminary student burned to death in an attack on the rectory of St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Fadan Kamantan in Kaduna state. The assailants apparently sought to abduct the priest. When they could not gain entry into the home, they set it on fire. The priest and an assistant escaped, but Na’aman Danlami, 25, died in the blaze.
Nigeria is No. 6 on Open Doors’ 2023 World Watch List of places most difficult to be a Christian.