Boko Haram Behead Christian Bride, Bridal Party En route to Wedding

Every member of the bridal party for the bride-to-be, Martha Bulus, was killed by extremists on Dec. 26 at Gwoza, in northeastern ’s .

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A jihadist insurgency affiliated with Boko Haram brutally murdered a Christian bride and her bridal party days before her wedding, a for a Catholic diocese in Nigeria has confirmed.

Father Arinse, the for the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri, told the Catholic Service that every member of the bridal party for the bride-to-be, Martha Bulus, was killed by Boko Haram extremists on Dec. 26 at Gwoza, in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno state.

Arinse said the bridal party was from Maiduguri to Bulus’ country in Adamawa at the they were killed.

Bulus’ wedding was scheduled to take place on Year’s in Adamawa state.

“They were beheaded by suspected Boko Haram insurgents at Gwoza on their way to her country home,” Arinse was quoted as saying, according to Christian Post.

According to Arinse, Bulus used to attend St. Augustine in Maiduguri when he was ordained.

The alleged murders of Bulus and her came just a day after the of 11 Christian by the Islamic extremists after being taken hostage in Maiduguri and Damaturu.

The terror group known as the in West Province (ISWAP), a breakaway group of Boko Haram affiliated with the Islamic Satte in and (), claimed responsibility. A 56-second was published by the Islamic States’ arm, Amaq News Agency, one of the aid workers being shot and 10 others beheaded.

The terror group claimed that the killing of the 11 aid workers was revenge for the killing of Islamic State thanks to . operations last October.

In the video, captives were shown pleading for the and to them.

Arinse also told the Catholic News Service that have been a of abductions in the Maiduguri area recently, and called on agencies to improve in northeast Nigeria.

Last month, the U.S. State Department listed Nigeria “special ,” designating it among that have “severe violations of religious ” because of the government’s inability to thwart an increase in violence and abductions carried out in various areas of the country.

“We are designating [Nigeria] special watch list for the first time because of of the increasing violence and communal activity and the lack of effective government and the lack of judicial cases being brought in that country,” U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Brownback told reporters in December.

“It is a dangerous situation in too many parts of Nigeria. The government has either not been willing to or have been ineffective in their response and the violence continues to grow.”

The U..-based nongovernmental organization Humanitarian Aid Trust issued a report in November claiming that at least 1,000 Christians were killed by Fulani and Boko Haram extremists in 2019 while as many as 6,000 have been killed since 2015.

Would pray for Christians living in Nigeria? Please pray they receive peace and comfort, and that they’ll be able to practice their openly without fear of .

Nigeria ranks as the 12th-worst country in the when it comes to Christian persecution, according to Open Doors ’s 2019 Watch List.

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