139 clerics, worshippers killed, 394 kidnapped in 18months – Reports

At least 139 clerics and worshipers have been killed in various attacks across the country between January 1, 2021, and July 4, 2022.

 

Also, no fewer than 394 religious faithful were kidnapped during the period under review.

 

The figures were collated from media reports of targeted attacks on churches and mosques.

 

A breakdown of the incidents showed that 53 Islamic clerics and worshipers were killed and 165 abducted while 229 Christians were kidnapped and 86 were murdered.

 

The prominent attacks include the killing of a Catholic priest and three parishioners in Benue on March 30, 2021.

 

On April 13, a pastor was killed in an Abuja Church, while bandits reportedly murdered one person and abducted four others during an attack on a Church on April 25.

 

Gunmen also kidnapped eight members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God In Kaduna on March 26.

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