ABUJA, Nigeria — Killings and kidnappings of Christians appear to have increased significantly in the past few weeks in Nigeria, with 27 believers slain and more than 49 abducted.
Nigeria has led the world in the number of Christians killed for their faith or kidnapped.
The following details are from Morning Star News reports:
- Sept. 23–27: Muslim Fulani herdsmen, along with other terrorists, attacked five villages in Kaduna State. Fifteen Christians were killed.
- Sept. 27 and Oct. 1: Eleven Christians were slain when Fulani herdsmen and terrorists raided two villages in Plateau State. Two children ages 9 and 11 were among those killed.
- Sept. 29: Gunmen intercepted a bus carrying members of Christ Apostolic Church in Akure in Ondo State. Twenty-five individuals were kidnapped but eight later escaped. Terrorists have demanded a ransom of $64,770 (50 million naira) for the 17 remaining captives.
- Sept. 30 – Terrorists killed one Christian and abducted 19 others, including women and children, in Angwan Waku village in Kaduna State.
- Oct. 7 – Terrorists ambushed and abducted more than 30 Christian farmers working on a communal farm in Chikuri in Kaduna State.
Nigeria is No. 6 on Open Doors’ 2023 World Watch List of places most difficult to be a Christian.