Terror group Boko Haram has purportedly gunned down eight Christians; while they were returning from church after attending Sunday service. The incident took place in Nigeria’s Kwamjilari village, while some of the Christians survived the attack and managed to flee to the town of Chibok.
This attack comes accompanied with a couple of attacks in the wake of failed negotiations between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government. The militants had been demanding to swap kidnapped women and girls for the imprisoned Boko Haram militants.
While remarking about the increasing Christian persecution in Nigeria, a World Mission representative Greg Kelley said: “They’re causing all kinds of terror and it’s incredibly difficult. In fact, there are so many communities in northern Nigeria that Christians have 100 percent evacuated just because they are literally targeted and murdered on site as they’re identified.”
As a result of the insurgency from the terror group Boko Haram, over 2.6 million people have been forced to flee from their homes. Majority of these displaced, people are in camps now, in desperate need of aid and assistance.
The United Commission for International Religious Freedom reported: “Religious freedom conditions in Nigeria continued to be troubling during the reporting period. While the Nigerian military successfully recaptured territory from and arrested members of Boko Haram, the terrorist group returned to an asymmetrical warfare campaign, including suicide bombings of mosques and other civilian targets.
It also reportedly forced Christians to convert and forced Muslims to adhere to its extreme interpretation of Islam. Boko Haram violence and recurring clashes between Muslim herders and Christian farmers continue to impact negatively religious freedom and interfaith relations in the country.”