Boko Haram Has Killed up to 8,000 Nigerian Christians, Pastor Says

Boko Haram Has Killed up to 8,000 Nigerian Christians, Pastor Says

Bokom Haram has reportedly killed about 8,000 members of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria.

According to the Christian Post, Rev. Samuel Dali said that the terrorist group has destroyed about 70 percent of the churches.

"Seventy percent of our churches have been destroyed in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states by Boko Haram; over 8,000 of our members were killed; one hundred and seventy-six of the girls kidnapped in Chibok are our members," said Dali, who is the president of the Church of the Brethren.

Many pastors for the churches have since lost their jobs.

Boko Haram has been battling the Nigerian military to control towns in the northeast. Last week, the group killed about 150 people as they tried to raid the Kukuwa-Gari village.

"They opened fire instantly, which forced residents to flee. They shot a number of people. Unfortunately, many residents who tried to flee plunged into the river which is full from the rain. Many drowned," said Modu Balumi, a village resident.

"By our latest toll we have 150 people either shot dead or drowned in the attack. The gunmen deliberately killed a fisherman who tried to save drowning residents of the village," he added.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to defeat Boko Haram by December.

"The end to Book Haram insurgency is also imminent. The president is working assiduously to achieve that soon just as he promised," said Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity.

The United States has earmarked $5 million to help Nigeria’s military.

Publication date: August 24, 2015