an extremist group that is located primarily in Northern Nigeria Islamic terrorists attacked the Borno State capital city of Maiduguri early Sunday morning, killing at least eight and injuring at least 27. The attack came shortly after the rebels took Monguno, 86 miles north of Maiduguri. The army there was reported to have been overwhelmed, with houses set on fire.
It has been reported that the military repelled the insurgents in Maiduguri, but the town remains at great risk as it has been for months as the terrorists secured territory around the capital. The city hosts thousands of refugees who have fled violence in Borno State.
Please pray with Open Doors that the military would succeed in keeping the rebels out of Maiduguri. The Church in this area has been strained under the constant insecurity. Some churches have been closed and in many cases fellowship and worship meetings have not continued as usual.
Open Doors field staff received calls from Christians hiding in churches as the attack started, asking for prayer. The fact that the military was able to repel the fighters came as an answer to fervent prayer of Christians who are battling to remain hopeful.
Nigeria is ranked No. 10 on the 2015 Open Doors World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians which was released earlier this month. Last year a total of 2,484 Christians were martyred in Nigeria, the highest total of any country in the world.
Compiled by Jerry Dykstra. For media inquiries, contact Christine Cape at 404-545-0085 or Katie Rouse at 678-410-9575.