AFRICA/NIGERIA - New massacre of faithful in Nigeria

Monday, 20 June 2022 persecutions   massacres  

Abuja (Agenzia Fides) - At least three dead and about forty people kidnapped. This is the toll of the assault on worshipers at St. Moses Catholic Church, Robuh, Ungwan Aku, Kajuru Local Government Area, Kaduna State, which took place yesterday Sunday, June 19 . The terrorist commando made up of several armed men attacked the faithful during morning mass, shooting at random. During the shooting, three people were killed while others suffered more or less serious injuries and were all taken to hospital. About 40 people are missing and are believed to have been abducted by the bandits. According to official sources, the commando arrived on a motorbike and stormed several villages, starting with Ungwan Fada. In the village of Rubuh, the commando attacked the faithful of the Maranatha Baptist Church and the Catholic Church of Saint-Moïse. The village of Rubuh had already been attacked on January 5 this year and on April 27, 2020. This is why the faithful of the Catholic and Methodist churches had decided to hold their Sunday religious service at 7 a.m. so that the participants could return home as soon as possible. But this time the attackers came in just after 7 a.m. and struck during both church services. Relatives of abductees are now waiting for ransom demands to be able to find their loved ones, often at the cost of having to sell all their belongings. We recall that on Sunday June 5 (see Fides 6/6/2022), about forty faithful lost their lives in the attack on the Church of Saint Francis Xavier in Owo, in the state of Ondo (south-western Nigeria). (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 20/6/2022)