The situation in Nigeria is escalating again. Suspected Boko Haram members carried out a suicide bombing at the Redeemed Christians Church of God in Potiskum, Yobe state in the northeast of the country on Sunday. The pastor and four other worshippers were killed, including a mother and her two children.
“Wailing women and stunned men wandered around the wreckage of smashed bricks and twisted zinc sheets blown off the church roof. One congregant said the blast came from a woman in the congregation. She was too scared to give her name,” reported the AP.
Another witness said that the bomber arrived at the church on a motorised rickshaw disguised as a worshipper and detonated the explosives after entering the church. “A loud explosion ripped through the church which is under construction,” he said. “Five worshippers, including three females and two males were in the church when the bomber entered and they were all killed,” he added.
Open Doors workers in Nigeria are reporting escalating violence in Yobe state, north Nigeria. “Reports of churches being burned and ‘many Christians’ being killed have reached them,” reports an Open Doors co-ordinator.
Please pray for the protection of Christians and our workers, and that the government will be able to bring this situation under control quickly and restore peace.
Tuesday 30 June: 48 men shot dead after prayers in two villages near the town of Monguno
Wednesday 1 July: more than 50 gunmen kill 97 people – many of whom were attending the Mosque – in the village of Kukawa, near Lake Chad
Thursday 2 July: two female suicide bombers attack a village in Borno state
Friday 3 July: several suicide bombers killed large numbers in Zabarmari village
Source: Open Doors; AP
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