Nigeria: Gunmen kill invade pastor’s home, kill sons, abduct daughter

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by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) – Suspected Boko Haram gunmen in Nigeria’s Adamawa state broke into a pastor’s home last week, killing his two sons, severely injuring him, and abducting his 13-year-old daughter, Sahara Reporters said.

Reverend Daniel Umaru of the Church of the Brethren congregation in the Mubi Local Government Area was at home with his wife and children when the gunmen stormed in and opened fire in the early hours of the morning of July 6, Sahara Reporters said.

“We heard terrifying gunshots from Reverend Umaru’s house around 2:00 am on Wednesday,” a local resident told Sahara Reporters. “The neighborhood was rattled; we had to find where to hide. It felt like another round of Boko Haram invasion; we had no idea if we’ll be alive or we’ll be taken hostage before dawn.”

Pastor Umaru was hospitalized at the Mubi General Hospital, as was his wife, suffering from trauma.

Condemning the attack in a statement: Adamawa State governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri said: “The State Government condemns in the strongest terms the despicable attack on this innocent family; the perpetrators of this heinous act must be brought to justice, and we have offered our full support to the Security Agencies to do so.”

Nigeria ranked number one in the world last year for both the number of Christians murdered and the number of Christians kidnapped by Islamic jihadists.

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