Boko Haram Terror in Nigeria: 10 Killed, 160 Christians Abducted in Kuchi Village

Farrukh Saif

May 29, 2024

Boko-Haram killed 10 Christians and Abducted-160

Kuchi, Niger State, Nigeria (May 26, 2024) – The sleepy village of Kuchi in Niger State was shattered by violence and fear on Friday night as Boko Haram terrorists raided the Christian community, killing 10 people and kidnapping around 160 villagers, mostly women and children.

The armed militants, members of the notorious Islamist group Boko Haram, descended on Kuchi under the cover of darkness. According to eyewitnesses, they arrived on motorcycles around 9 PM and immediately opened fire, killing several locals who had been providing security for the village.

“They spent over two hours cooking meals, making tea, and looting our houses,” said Kuchi resident Adamu Bello. “Then they started rounding up the women and children, forcing them into trucks at gunpoint before fleeing.”

A Night of Terror:

The Islamic terrorists reportedly moved through Kuchi unchecked for several hours. Amnesty International condemned the “mass abduction” and criticized Nigerian authorities for failing to protect innocent civilians despite repeated attacks on the village since 2021.

Aminu Abdulhamid Najume, chairman of the local government area, confirmed the horrific incident. “Kuchi has been deeply traumatized by this attack. We are working to care for those left behind while pursuing every avenue to rescue the abducted villagers.”

Boko Haram, which aims to establish an Islamic caliphate in northern Nigeria, has waged a decade-long insurgency marked by extreme brutality against Christians. The group’s name roughly translates to “Western education is forbidden.”

Persistent Violence Against Christians:

Friday’s attack is the latest in a relentless campaign of violence that has displaced over 2 million people across Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger. The UN has warned that persistent conflict, combined with the impacts of climate change, has triggered severe food shortages affecting over 4 million people in the Lake Chad region.

“We urgently need security forces to prioritize protecting innocent civilians in these vulnerable rural communities,” said Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria. “Boko Haram’s utter disregard for human life and basic human dignity cannot go unchallenged.”

As night fell in Kuchi, a pall of grief and anxiety hung over the village. With over 160 residents still in captivity, the community can only wait and pray for their safe return while steeling themselves against the next inevitable attack.

We urge you to keep our Christian brothers and sisters in your prayers.

Farrukh Saif

Farrukh H. Saif, a courageous Christian human rights activist, established the Farrukh Saif Foundation in 2009 to confront religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, and bonded slavery in Pakistan. His dedication to liberating bonded laborers from brick kilns and advocating for blasphemy victims and asylum seekers has garnered international acclaim. Despite encountering threats and fatwas, his impactful work persists in supporting marginalized communities. In 2018, the foundation merged with The Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved, enhancing its global outreach.

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