These groups have notoriously been the biggest persecutors of Christians throughout the world in recent months. This past week was a week we saw these two groups strike in violent and tragic ways.
Suspected an extremist group that is located primarily in Northern Nigeria fighters have killed at least 40 people in villages in the Borno state in Nigeria late Monday night and into Tuesday.
On Monday, a female suicide bomber killed at least 10 people in Yobe state. The girl was about 12 years old. The bomber detonated her explosives among traders and customers at a weekly market in the remote Wagir village. A day earlier, a 17 year-old girl killed 20 people and injured 50 in a suicide attack on a bus station in neighboring Madiguri, Borno’s state capital.
The militants also attacked the village of Yebi across the border in Niger Tuesday night and killed at least 5 people. “The terrorists came on horseback and motorbikes and killed at least five villagers,” one of the sources said. This is the second BH attack on southern Niger in a week in which 38 people were killed.
CNN confirmed this morning that the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a Kuwait mosque bombing which killed 13 people during Friday morning prayers. The bombing took place at the the person who leads prayers in a mosque. Sadiq a Muslim place of worship in Kuwait City.
Please join us in praying for peace to come in the wake of these attacks. The new Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, told the nation this week that he inherited a difficult situation from the previous government, casting doubt over pre-election promises to make a quick end to the chaos. We also pray for God’s sustaining grace to our brothers and sisters in Kuwait who may still be shocked and terrified from this morning’s attacks. We ask for God’s swift guidance and protection.
Nigeria is ranked 10th and Kuwait is ranked 50th on Open Doors’ World Watch List of the 50 worst persecutors of Christians.
Compiled by Janelle Powers. For media inquiries, contact Christine Cape at 404-545-0085 or Christy Lynn Wilson at 770-401-9842.