Maiduguri, Nigeria, Jan 2, 2020 / 12:00 pm
African Church leaders have responded to the reported Dec. 26 execution of 11 Nigerian Christians by a terrorist group affiliated with the Isamic State.
"We woke up a day after Christmas to the horrible news of the gruesome decapitation of Christian hostages by the Islamic State terrorists," Fr. Benjamin Achi told ACI Africa Dec. 28.
Achi is director of communications in Nigeria's Diocese of Enugu, where abductions targeting priests have been on the rise in recent months.
The priest's comments referred to a Dec. 26 video depicting militants beheading 10 blindfolded captives, and shooting an eleventh.