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Emmanuel Baptist Church: 2 Dead As Bandits Kidnap Entire Congregation In Kaduna

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Dare-devil bandits have kidnapped a complete congregation of Baptist worshippers.

The incident, which recently came to light, occurred in Kaduna State on Sunday, October 31, 2021.

A week after the shocking incident, authorities in Kaduna are yet to identify suspects or make arrests.

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Sources say the bandits kidnapped at least 60 worshipers from Emmanuel Baptist Church located in Kakau Daji in southern Kaduna. The development was equally confirmed by Reverend Joseph Hayab, a Baptist cleric. The attack has forced vulnerable Christian clerics to go into hiding; Hayab, president of the Kaduna chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) told Epoch Times in an interview.

At least two church-goers were said to have been killed in the attack.

Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna state Commissioner of Home Security and Internal Affairs, who confirmed the attack on Emmanuel Baptist Church; said two worshipers killed and two severely injured; while unknown numbers of them were abducted after gunmen said to be bandits attacked the church around 11am that morning.

The latest incident comes four months after another one which targeted a Baptist establishment.

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On July 4, 121 students from the Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna State were kidnapped by bandits who stormed their hostel in the wee hours of the day, rounded up the students and forced them into the forests.

“Surviving as a Christian and especially as a Christian cleric in Kaduna state is largely by the mercy and grace of God if you are in these vulnerable communities,” Hayab told The Epoch Times.

“These evil men came from nowhere and just went on a shooting spree at the Emmanuel Baptist Church. After killing two persons and injuring two, they gathered those who could not escape and walked them into the bush and no one has challenged them till now.

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“We have verified and found out that 60 of our members were taken away by these haters of the church. Communication networks in areas where such attacks are common have been shut down by Kaduna state government under the directives of Governor Nasir el-Rufai,” he said.

“This means that the criminals can come and do what they like…No one has any means of calling for help. Among the people they kidnapped were several pregnant women; some that will soon give birth; there are also very old men and women and children below 6 years among others,” he said.

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