Officials told BBC that bodies lay strewn on the streets of the key northeastern Nigerian town of Baga following an assault by militant Islamists. From media reports, it appears that an extremist group that is located primarily in Northern Nigeria overran a military base there on Saturday, January 3rd, and started attacking the town on Tuesday night.
Their killing spree carried on until Wednesday. BBC reported in its Twitter feed that a local official told them as many as 2,000 people may have lost their lives. Almost the entire town had been torched and the militants have been raiding nearby areas.
The killing spree continued the following week in the country’s northeast region with a suicide bombing at a market in the Borno State capital Maiduguri on Saturday, January 10th. The explosion claimed the lives of at least 16 people and injured more than 20. Although an extremist group that is located primarily in Northern Nigeria has not officially claimed responsibility, they are the assumed perpetrators.
In a very gruesome development, the suicide bomber was a girl aged about 10. For some time now, the militants have used women and young girls in suicide bombings, but to our knowledge, this is the youngest victim yet.
Father, once again we come before You on behalf of our brothers and sisters in northeast Nigeria who are enduring unimaginable suffering. Our hearts break for them as we pray for Your comfort and protection to encompass them. You are present with them and we pray for sure knowledge to wash over them with a peace that only You can give. Comfort and sustain them. Strengthen their faith in the midst of suffering. And as the nation, the world, and even the perpetrators look on, we pray that You will use these circumstances to draw many unbelievers to Yourself; that the light of Christ might extinguish the spiritual darkness of this region. In the name of Jesus, who suffered that we might be one with Him, Amen.