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Nigerian Christians targeted by Islamic militants during coronavirus lockdown

Christian communities in central Nigeria are being increasingly targeted by Islamic fighters during the current period of coronavirus lockdown. Armed radicals have struck several villages in two states north of the capital Abuja - all of which are under strict stay-at-home orders


“These are horrific, opportunistic attacks on people who are defenceless in their homes during lockdown,” said Jo Newhouse, regional spokesperson for Open Doors.

“The Government needs to ensure the safety of all Nigerians many Christians among them during the Covid-19 lockdowns and to address the impunity with which attacks like these continue.” 

“The Fulani gunmen arrived in the community and started shooting and burning houses, an operation which lasted till 1am,” said chairman of the Miango Youth Development Association, Mr Nuhu Nkali. He added: “So many of our people are now homeless, because their houses have been burnt by the assailants.

According to the Open Doors World Watch List 2020, some 1,350 Christians were killed in Nigeria last year. 

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