Three more churches in Northern Nigeria were attacked by suicide bombers on Sunday, 17 June. The churches were attacked in Kaduna state, which lies on the dividing line between the Muslim North and Christian South of Nigeria. The Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA) in Wusasa, the Cathedral of Christ the King in Zaria, and Shalom Church in Trikania, were hit simultaneously in co-ordinated suicide bombing attacks during Sunday morning services on 17 June. This was the third Sunday in a row that churches in Nigeria have been bombed. A Pentecostal church in Plateau state was bombed on 10 June, killing 2 and injuring over 40 Christians. The attack on Christ's Chosen Church of God was the second bombing of a church in Jos in one week. In Borno state, 2 Christians were killed as gunmen shot up a service.
Nigeria is a country of contrasts and conflict. Nigeria has a Muslim north and a Christian south. However, unlike Sudan, in Nigeria it is the Christians who are the majority.
Nigeria is the largest nation in Africa (140 million people in 490 ethnic groups). In fact, Nigeria has more Christians, and more Muslims, than any other country in Africa.
Christians have been severely persecuted in Nigeria's northern states. Literally hundreds of churches have been destroyed and thousands of Christians murdered in recent years with car bombs and suicide bombers targeting churches.
Beheaded in Tunisia
Assist News Service has reported on a young male convert to Christianity being beheaded by Islamic militants in Tunisia. Graphic footage filmed in Tunisia was aired on Egypt Today, showing the militants reciting the Quran and chanting Islamic slogans and curses in Arabic, while the "apostate" who had refused to recant his conversion to Christ, was calmly praying before being beheaded. It was not long ago that Tunisia was regarded as the most free and open of all Arab states. The popular support for murdering of Arabs who convert to Christianity, bodes ill for the Arab Spring.
Jihad in Nigeria
At least 15 people were killed and more than 40 seriously injured on Sunday, 3 June, when a Boko Haram suicide bomber drove his car into a checkpoint outside The Living Faith Church in Bauchi. The explosion, which occurred at 9:20am, sent shrapnel through believers who were fellowshipping outside, after the church's first worship service. The explosion also hit the Harvest Field Church only 25m away across the road, causing part of the church building to collapse on worshipers.