In three recent incidents in Nigeria, all reported by Barnabas Fund, Christians were murdered for their faith by Islamic extremists.
Two Christian women were among five students murdered by kidnappers following their abduction from a university in Kaduna State, Nigeria on 20 April.
The bodies of Precious Nwakacha and Dorathy Yohanna were discovered on 22 April alongside the remains of fellow student Sadiq Yusuf Sanga, a Muslim, in a village close to Greenfield University. The other two students have yet to be named.
At least two Christians were sought out and killed by jihadists who invaded a town in Nigeria’s northern Yobe State on 23 April. Around 2000 residents of Geidam fled their homes after members of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) took control of the town, looting and burning stores.
“Everybody is running away because the insurgents have started killing people who are Christians and those with Western education,” said a resident.
Two days later, one Christian was killed and four abducted in an attack on a church in Kaduna State, when armed men attacked the Sunday morning service at Haske Baptist Church, Manini Tasha village.