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Nigeria: Armed men abduct 36 people from two churches in the northwest of the country

Two weeks after a massacre that shocked the country, violence continues to mourn Nigeria. Gunmen abducted 36 people from two churches in the northwest of the country on Sunday after attacking several villages in Kaduna state, local authorities said on Monday (June 20th). Three villagers were also killed.

The assailants stormed Maranatha Baptist Church and St Moses Catholic Church in Rubu village, Kaduna State Security Commissioner said. Two hostages have already been released the same day, “including a community leader”but “thirty-four people are still in the hands of the bandits”, added the commissioner. Men on motorbikes also stormed several villages in Kajuru local government.

The violence comes two weeks after the massacre of some 40 parishioners in a church in the south-west of the country, a region usually spared from violence. The “bandits” who loot villages and kill their inhabitants are usually concentrated in northwestern and central Nigeria, and their numerous kidnappings for ransom generally target schools and travelers on the roads.

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