by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) - Islamic terrorists have released 32 of more than 100 students they kidnapped from Nigeria’s Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna State on July 5, International Christian Concern reports. More than 1,000 students in Nigeria have been kidnapped this year alone.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that 28 of the students were released on Sunday, and a further four were released on Monday. More than 80 of the abducted children remain in captivity.
Mass kidnappings of Nigerian school children began in 2014 when Islamic terror group Boko Haram abducted 276 mostly Christian girls from a school in Chibok, ICC said.
In a statement about the release of the 32 students, ICC said: “We thank God for the release of these children to their parents and pray for the thousands who remain in captivity. We ask you to join us in praying for Nigeria, for the Lord to comfort those uncertain of their
children’s whereabouts, and for those who persecute the church to find faith in Jesus Christ.”
An estimated 50,000 to 70,000 Christians have been murdered, and thousands abducted, by Islamic terrorists in Nigeria, with apparent impunity. In 2021, the US US Commission on Religious Freedom warned of “Christian genocide” in Nigeria if the government does not take action to stop it.