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Nigeria: Terrorists Armed with Guns and Cluster Bombs Attack Christian Communities, Burn Homes

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“Terrorists Attack Christian Communities,” Morning Star News, December 28, 2022:

ABUJA, Nigeria, December 28, 2022 (Morning Star News) – Members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) on Dec. 19 burned homes in Borno state, Nigeria, nine days after terrorists killed a pregnant Christian woman in the same area, sources said.

The ISWAP terrorists attacked predominantly Christian Jibwiwi (Debiro) village in Hawul County and Ngulde village in Askira/Uba County at about 6 p.m., burning several houses and destroying livestock and storehouses of harvested crops, said area resident Shawulu Yohanna.

“They rode on motorcycles, armed with guns and cluster bombs, which they used in attacking two communities,” Yohanna said in a text message to Morning Star News. “The people in the two villages were able to escape the onslaught as no one was killed.”

On Dec. 10, terrorists invaded a home in Hawul County’s Pelachiroma village and shot dead a pregnant Christian woman, Mary Barka Paul Sawa, Yohanna said. Sawa’s husband, Paul Sawa, was wounded in the attack before escaping.

“Her husband escaped the attack with gunshot wounds,” Yohanna said. “Their house was raided by the terrorists at night.”…

An Abubakar Shekau-led faction of Boko Haram in 2016 formally aligned with the Islamic State and changed its name to Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), though many Nigerians still refer to the Shekau-led faction of ISWAP by its original name, Boko Haram.

Nigeria led the world in Christians killed for their faith last year (Oct. 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021) at 4,650, up from 3,530 the previous year, according to Open Doors’ 2022 World Watch List report. The number of kidnapped Christians was also highest in Nigeria, at more than 2,500, up from 990 the previous year, according to the WWL report….

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