ARMED GUNMEN KIDNAP 19 CHRISTIANS, KILL ONE IN KADUNA STATE, NIGERIA
Suspected Fulani herdsmen stormed a church choir practice and kidnapped 17 Christians in north-central Nigeria on May 19, the same night gunmen killed a Christian and kidnapped two others at a Baptist church, sources said. Each attack took place in Kaduna State where assaults on Christians have recently ramped up.
In Dankande village the gunmen attacked Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) after midnight as a combined choir made up of members of two churches was rehearsing.
“As we were in the church Fulani herdsmen numbering over 20 just surrounded the church and started shooting,” a local source said.
Nathaniel Waziri, chairman, of the ECWA Zaria District Church Council, confirmed May 23 the gunmen kidnapped local pastor Zakariya Ido, his daughter and 15 other church members, including the son of the pastor of an Assemblies of God church.
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[Editor’s Note: This article was written and originally published at The Alabama Press.]