Boko Haram kidnaps, kills pastor amid renewed attacks

Pastor Lawan Andimi - Morning Star News


By Diana Chandler - Posted at Baptist Press:

Northeast Nigeria (BP) -- Boko Haram insurgents have killed a Nigerian pastor they kidnapped weeks ago, news media said Tuesday (Jan. 21), amid a resurgence in northeast Nigeria of the splintered terrorist group blamed for Christian genocide.

Terrorists killed Lawan Andimi yesterday (Jan. 20), according to Today.NG, which described Andimi as a Michika pastor who led a local chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

Andimi died as several Boko Haram attacks signal a resurgence of the group in northeast Nigeria, including an attack on an electrical power grid Jan. 17 that cut power to an entire city; and an attack with machine guns on a United Nations facility and the destruction of a nearby bridge, both on Jan. 18, Vanguard said Tuesday.

None of the UN workers were harmed, Vanguard reported, but the UN said it "was outraged by the extremely violent attack on this key humanitarian facility where United Nations staff were staying at the time of the incident."

Boko Haram, loyal to the Islamic State (IS), is resurging even as militant Fulani herdsmen continue to attack Christians in Nigeria's Middle Belt.

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