ABUJA, Nigeria — Two Christians died in separate attacks and another escaped from abductors as violence continues against Christians in Nigeria.
Morning Star News reported two Catholic priests — John Mark Cheitnum and Donatus Cleopas Sulaiman — were abducted at gunpoint July 15, taken from the rectory of Christ the King Catholic Church in Yalding Garu in Kaduna state.
Sulaiman later escaped, but Cheitnum’s body was found in a wilderness area.
Moses Bonugada, another Catholic priest, was quoted by Morning Star as saying 18 priests have been abducted in 2022.
On July 14 in Adamawa state, engineering teacher Yohanna Mbudai Bzegu, a Christian, was slain. Gunmen broke into his home behind Anglican Junior Seminary in Yola and shot him multiple times.
Police are searching for the assailants.
Nigeria has led the world in the number of Christians killed or kidnapped for their faith. The country is No. 7 on Open Doors’ 2022 World Watch List of places most difficult to be a Christian.