*(Via Christian Newswire) – Muslim extremists, along with members of the Nigerian army, allegedly killed 24 Christians during mid-August in Nigeria’s Plateau state, according to Compass Direct News. On Monday in the city of Jos, CNN reported clashes between Muslims and Christians resulted in at least 20 deaths. There were also reports of injuries and burnt vehicles and shops.

Christians in Nigeria have faced increased persecution in recent years. The forceful implementation of Sharia (Islamic law) in 12 northern states remains a great challenge for the church. Extremist Islamic groups, using violence as a means to achieving Muslim dominance, have increased their activities. Despite all of the violence, more churches are reaching Muslims with the gospel and the number deciding to follow Christ is increasing.

“As our brothers and sisters in Nigeria face increased persecution, it is vital that we pray for them,” says Open Doors USA President/CEO Dr. Carl Moeller. “Christians, especially those living in the north, are living in constant fear of being attacked by extremists; they are not able to worship in peace.”

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