They came at night. And they came with death on their minds. On Monday, April 29, around 8 pm, Boko Haram fighters invaded the Christian community of Kuda near Madagali in Adamawa State in northeastern Nigeria. The terrorists surrounded the community and went door to door, killing as many as 25 people.
The next day, they returned.
As security agents and community members prepared for the burials of their loved ones, Boko Haram members were spotted approaching for a second attack on the grieving community. As a result, funeral preparations were abandoned as bereaved believers, those from neighboring communities and security agents fled.
Since the attack, many more villagers have fled the town.
The incident is the latest in a long line of attacks by Boko Haram in the area—a stronghold for fighters loyal to Abubakar Shekau (known to be the leader of Boko Haram) and they operate from hideouts in the forests nearby, stealing supplies, killing villagers and attacking security forces.
More than 27,000 people have been killed in the decades-long bloody insurgency and 2 million others displaced by Boko Haram.
Praying for the Church in Madagali
Here’s how we can pray:
- Pray for the Lord’s grace to the church in Madagali area as believers there face this renewed instability.
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to be at work in the lives of all those who have been affected by these attacks and residents dealing with the fear of future attacks.
- Pray with those who have left the village to find greater safety.
- And pray that security will be restored soon.
Top photo: Representative photo, by Sani Malumfashi/VOA – , Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=115206337