​In Niger, Muslim youths attack Catholic Church



A group of Muslim youths have attacked a Catholic Church around the Zuma Rock area of Niger state on Friday, July 15, 2016.

Members of St. Philip’s Catholic Parish, Baki Iku, went to pray in the Church and the angry Muslims came to disrupt their prayers saying they were not supposed to pray on Friday.

They said Friday is their day of prayer, adding that Christians should stick to praying on Sunday alone.

The youths allegedly destroyed properties and furniture in the Church before some soldiers came to the rescue of the Church members.

Vanguard reports that the Vicar-General of the Diocese, Rev. Fr. Luka Sylvester Gopep, said “Sometime around 2pm, some Muslim youths in their hundreds left their mosque after their Friday Jumat prayer and rushed to the church premises, climbed the wall and destroyed everything in the church: the windows, the altar, musical instruments, the chapel.

“The security man in the church premises was beaten to pulp.

“Some women who were holding a prayer meeting were chased away. “The seminarian who is resident in the premises was also beaten up and chased away.”

Francis Emmanuel, a 41-year-old carpenter, was stabbed by a group of Muslim youths in Kaduna state » for eating during the Ramadan fast.

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