ABUJA, Nigeria — Eighteen people were killed in 11 days of raids upon villages in Nigeria’s Plateau State.
The 11 days of violence, ending April 26, were concentrated in the counties of Jos South, Riyom, Barkin Ladi, Mangu and Bokkos in Plateau state.
One pastor, Gwong Dachollom of the Church of Christ in Nations, suffered a gunshot wound and machete cuts in an ambush April 24 in Darwat, a resident told Morning Star. The pastor was treated at Vom Christian Hospital for his life-threatening injuries.
Nigeria is No. 6 on Open Doors’ 2023 World Watch List of places most difficult to be a Christian. In 2022, Nigeria led the world for the number of Christians killed for their faith, as well as the number of Christians kidnapped, sexually assaulted, harassed, forcibly married, and/or physically or mentally abused. Morning Star says Nigeria also saw the highest number of targeted attacks upon homes and businesses of people of faith. It was second in the world for attacks upon churches.