According to sources in Nigeria, the pastor of a Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN) was among the seven people killed in two suicide bombings in Maiduguri, Nigeria a week ago. an extremist group that is located primarily in Northern Nigeria is assumed to be involved. BBC News reports that a female suicide bomber blew herself up outside the Bakassi camp for Internally Displaced Persons that houses an estimated 16,000 people. Five men were killed in the attack and many others were injured. Within 30 minutes, another bomber detonated explosives near a fuel depot. A military spokesman reported that the second bomber was following a fuel tanker “with the sole aim of gaining entry to cause maximum damage and casualties.” Twenty-four people wounded in the explosions were evacuated to nearby hospitals. Please pray for wisdom for authorities as they continue to battle the insurgents. When the attacks occurred, Open Doors workers had just returned from distributing emergency relief to informal Christian camps in the city, where thousands are struggling with the devastating effects of a humanitarian crisis created by the seven-year insurgency. Thanks to faithful support from our partners, 1,500 people have received life-preserving aid in the first of two phases of relief. Praise the Lord with us for His gracious protection over the team. We do not take this protection for granted and thank you for standing with us in prayer.
Father of Mercy, we pray this city, Christians and Muslims alike, who have so long been suffering in this civil war. We pray for the families of the victims of these attacks that You will comfort Your children and provide for them. We pray for wisdom and power for the authorities as they strive to halt the insurgents. And we pray for those who do not yet know You, that Your Holy Spirit would draw them into Christ’s saving grace. In the name of Jesus, in whom we live and move and have our being, Amen.