Gunmen Attack Market in Christian Community on Nigeria’s Democracy Day

Farrukh Saif

June 2, 2024

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While Nigerians celebrated Democracy Day, gunmen launched a deadly attack on the Maro Junction Market in Maro Ward, Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state. The market is located in a predominantly Christian community.

Details are still emerging, but initial reports indicate that the gunmen arrived at the busy market and opened fire indiscriminately on traders and shoppers. Eyewitnesses described scenes of chaos and panic as people scrambled for cover amidst the hail of bullets.

Casualties and Curfew Imposed:

While the exact number of casualties is not yet confirmed, it is feared that several people have been killed or injured in the attack. However, some unconfirmed sources claimed five people were injured and one person was killed during the attack. Local authorities have imposed a curfew in the area as security forces work to restore order and investigate the incident.

Recurring Violence Targets Christians:

The Maro Junction Market attack is the latest in a series of violent incidents targeting Christian communities in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region, which includes Kaduna state. Over the past year, there have been numerous reports of gunmen raiding villages, kidnapping residents for ransom, and carrying out indiscriminate killings.

The motives behind the Maro Junction attack are the continuation of the ongoing persecution of Christians. many previous incidents have been attributed to armed Islamic extremist groups seeking to drive Christians out of the area through sustained violence and intimidation.

Nigerian authorities have faced criticism for their perceived inability to protect vulnerable communities and bring the perpetrators of such attacks to justice.

As investigations into the Maro Junction Market attack continue, Christian leaders and human rights groups are calling for swift action to apprehend the gunmen and ensure the safety of all Nigerian citizens, regardless of their religious affiliation.

We urge Christians worldwide to keep our brothers and sisters in Nigeria in their thoughts as they endure severe persecution for their faith. May our collective faith and unity serve as a Ray of hope and a testament to Your enduring love. In Jesus’ name.

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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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