Security forces and volunteer vigilante groups in northeastern Nigeria are searching to find people still missing after dozens of civilians working in rice fields were slaughtered by armed men over the weekend.
The death toll is reported at 110 following attacks in villages near Maiduguri, the capital of the restive Borno state, which has been plagued by an armed campaign for more than 10 years. There has been no claim of responsibility for the massacre but the assault bore the hallmark of the Boko Haram armed group, which launched its military campaign in 2009, and its splinter faction, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). The groups’ fighters are active in the region and have been blamed for frequent attacks on villages mostly inhabited by farmers. Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict, which has so far displaced some two million others and has spread to neighboring countries such as Niger, Chad and Cameroon. Pray for God's comfort for families who have lost loved ones. Pray for God's light to shine in Nigeria and for world leaders to be moved to act swiftly and justly to decimate the influence of Boko Haram in Nigeria. Pray for "good eyes" among those in our church family to respond in ways that may be helpful and encouraging to brothers and sisters in Christ in Nigeria and for the many families in our church who have family and friends in Nigeria.