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Christians killed and 5 churches torched in Nigeria

Many Christians were killed and at least 5 churches were burned as Boko Haram militants attack again

According to the Nigerian newspaper The Cable, more than 100 Boko Haram militants opened fire sporadically and set churches and houses on fire, killing many people, in the town of Garkida in Gombi area of the northeastern state of Adamawa on Friday.

At least five churches were destroyed, including two houses of worship belonging to the Church of the Brethren denomination, an Anglican Communion church, and a church and a separate office of Living Faith Church.

Civilians fled to a nearby mountain area and into bushes after the Nigerian security forces failed to fight the attackers.

"People ran to hide inside the mountains while they watched their houses being burnt by the insurgents," one resident said.

Boko Haram is an Islamic militant insurgency responsible for killing tens of thousands and displacing millions in the last decade. The terrorist group pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in 2016 but soon splintered after Islamic State leadership tried to replace Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau. Earlier this month, they burnt and killed at least 30 people, including a pregnant woman and her baby, and abducted others in northeast Nigeria. 

Boko Haram over the years has abducted hundreds of school girls. The group has also abducted pastors and others in attempts to raise funds through ransom payments.

Last month, Boko Haram executed the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria's chapter in the local government area of Adamawa State. 

Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Nigerian Minister of Culture and Tourism, and Aviation, recently accused former US President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton of their "sheer wickedness" in helping Boko Haram by "funding and supporting" the 2015 election of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who later cancelled contracts to eradicate the terrorists, in a post he shared on Facebook.

Nigeria ranks the 12th worst country in the world on Open Doors USA's 2020 World Watch List of countries where Christians are most severely persecuted.

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