Worthy Christian News » Christian Persecution » Christian Persecution - Africa » Nigeria » Gunmen Kill 19 At Bible Study; Evangelist Also Dies

christian news

Worthy Christian News » Christian Persecution » Christian Persecution - Africa » Nigeria » Gunmen Kill 19 At Bible Study; Evangelist Also Dies


by Paul Jongas in Nigeria and Stefan Bos Worthy News Chief International Correspondent

ABUJA, NIGERIA (Worthy News)– Suspected Islamic militants opened fire at an evangelical church in central Nigeria killing at least 19 people before Bible study began and, in a separate attack, shot and killed a colleague of a Nigerian evangelist and Worthy News stringer, several sources confirmed early Wednesday, August 8.

Local Christians and the military recalled a chaotic, blood-soaked scene at the Deeper Life evangelical church in Otite, a quiet neighborhood on the outskirts of the city of Okene, 250 kilometers (155 miles) southwest of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.

Jacob Edi, spokesperson for the governor of Kogi State where late Tuesday's attack took place said women and children were also among the victims.

“Two women are confirmed to have been among the people that died. We don’t know the casualty figures of children yet but a lot of children were wounded,” he told the Voice of America (VOA) network.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which means 'Western Education is a Sin,' claimed previous attacks on churches as part of its self-declared attempt to create a state based on Shariah, or Muslim, law.

EVANGELIST KILLED

Seperately, Evangelist Ali Samari, 57, was killed late Tuesday, August 8, after he returned from work, said Paul Jongas, himself an evangelist who also reports for Worthy News from the region.

"My fellow evangelist Ali Samari of Good News Church was killed at his resident house in Mafoni [neighborhood] in in Maiduguri metropolis" in the country's north-eastern Borno State, he told Worthy News.

Two gunmen were involved in the violence, local police and residents said.

The violence has added to concerns over spreading religious violence in Nigeria, which is roughly divided between a Muslim-dominated north and a Christian-majority south.

Boko Haram says it wants to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria and does not recognize the Nigerian government or the constitution.

VIOLENCE SPREADING?

While it is not yet known who carried out Monday's attack, spokesperson Edi said the incident has people worried that violence common in other parts of Nigeria is now arriving in Kogi, the site of the Bible study attack.

“This is the first time we are having this major attack on a church in Kogi State. Kogi State is a very peaceful state," he said. "So that is why we are worried that this thing is creeping into this state."

There were already reports of revenge attacks Wednesday, August 8, as gunmen killed three people in an attack on a mosque in the Nigerian town of Okene, hours after gunfire killed people at the church there, according to police.

Nigeria's government is under pressure to step up security.

No Comment

Leave a Reply

Copyright 1999-2015 Worthy News. All rights reserved.

Fair Use Notice:This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

What is Worthy News?

Worthy News is an independent Christian news agency which reports news not covered by other outlets, on key developments in a rapidly changing world. Worthy News reaches both Christians and non-Christians around the globe and strives to be balanced and make a difference in these strategic times.

Worthy News. Reliable-Trustworthy-Cutting Edge

Recommended Links

  • Editor’s Blog

    • Historical Cyclical Patterns Emerging in Greece
      Greece defaulted on its IMF loan last night. It is interesting that it was actually the Greek Philosopher Plato who was the first to advocate the "credit" theory of money. His prized student, Aristotle, who […]
    • Reader Question: Where do you get that Sept. 23, 2015 is Jubilee (of Jerusalem)?
      First of all, it is important to know that God is not working on our Gregorian calendar but He is rather fulfilling His Word according to the calendar that He established, which is a 360 […]
    • Are you looking back? Remember Lot's Wife!
      As this shocking Supreme Court decision on Gay marriage settles into the nation, I'm reminded of the passage in Luke where Yeshua (Jesus) told us one of the final signs of His return. He said it […]
    • Supreme Court: Not One but THREE Strikes!
      Most are aware of the recent decision by the Supreme Court on the issue of same-sex marriage, but many may not realize that this was only one of the history-making decisions reached this session. This past month, […]
    • The Water Breaking Moment?
      In Matthew 24, Yeshua (Jesus) makes an interesting correlation between the end of the age and a woman giving birth. [Matthew 24:8]. As the birth of a baby draws near, the birth pangs intensify, and […]
    • Prophetic Calendar for 2015
      As requested by many and after much prayer and research, I have compiled a list of significant events over which we must be praying in the coming months. By listing these events, let it be […]
  • Editor’s Picks


  • 1999-2015 Worthy Christian News » Gunmen Kill 19 At Bible Study; Evangelist Also Dies