Five Christians were killed on Jan. 17 in northern Nigeria’s Kaduna State, while a church leader in the southeastern state of Enugu said Christians there were “under siege” by terrorism.
In southern Kaduna State’s Zonkwa town, Zangon Kataf County, terrorists attacked on Jan. 17, said local council official Yabo Ephraim.
“The terrorists shot sporadically as they made their way into the town, killing five Christians and injuring many others,” Ephraim said. “The injured victims are currently receiving treatment at some separate medical facilities.”
On the same day, suspected Fulani herdsmen and other terrorists attacked St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Kaduna State’s Ikulu-Pari village and kidnapped a parish catechist. Other kidnappings have been reported in recent months.
In the 2023 World Watch List of the countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian, Nigeria jumped to sixth place, its highest ranking ever, from No. 7 the previous year.
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