Six Nigerian nuns who had been kidnapped two months ago, were finally released on January 7. This news was joyful for the Sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Christ, to whom the six sisters belonged. Kidnappings for ransom have become increasingly prevalent in the southern half of Nigeria. It is believed that these six were released without ransom, and unharmed. We pray for the continued safety of all Christians leaders in Nigeria as they are in continued danger of being taken.
2018-01-10 Nigeria (WorldWatchMonitor) Gunmen killed two police officers guarding a church on Kenya's southern coast on Sunday in an attack that police said bore the hallmarks of Somalia's Islamist militant group al Shabaab.
Four gunmen confronted the police stationed at the entrance of an Anglican church in the town of Ukunda, south of Mombasa, regional police chief Larry Kiyeng said. They sprayed the officers with bullets before escaping by motorbike, taking two AK-47 police rifles, he said.
"One officer was shot in the head and died on the spot while the other ... died in hospital," Kiyeng told Reuters.
"It is too early to say who may have been involved but you can almost pinpoint al Shabaab elements from the nature of the attack," Kiyeng said. It is not uncommon for police to guard churches in Kenya.