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Christian witness describes Boko Haram atrocities, attacks on church

March 03, 2014

A disabled Nigerian Christian has described atrocities that he witnessed during a terrorist attack on a seminary, in a report to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

Andrew (whose last name was withheld for security reasons) was a staff member at St. Joseph’s seminary in Shuwa when the town was attacked by Boko Haram terrorists. The militants pushed Andrew, in his wheelchair, into positions where he witnessed the killing of four security guards, the bombing of the seminary chapel and classroom, and the burning of several homes, including his own.

Andrew was told that he, too, would be killed. But after consulting an Islamic leader, a leader of the terrorist gang said that disabled people were not to be killed in the jihad. A local priest told ACN that the terrorists had questioned Andrew about his faith, and “made it very clear that… those they are fighting are the Christians and the government.”


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