Woman shot while cleaning Church

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Armed men shot dead a woman while cleaning her church in Bangai village, Plateau State.

The woman, Lyop Dalyop, was sweeping the premises of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) when gunmen ambushed and shot her.

According to Dalyop Solomon Mwantiri who told a local newspaper, “The incident occurred at about 8:05 p.m., shortly after she had gone to sweep the COCIN Church, Bangai, in preparation for Sunday morning worship service. The armed Fulani men shot her in the head.

In June gunmen shot and killed a Christian and wounded two others in Chaha village, Jos South Local Government Area, he said. The assailants attacked the village in Vwang District shortly after 8:30 p.m. on June 4.

Stephen Gyang, 24, was shot dead, while two other Christians, Isaac Gyang and the Rev. Davou Ishaya John of the COCIN sustained injuries and were receiving hospital treatment, Mwantiri said. Isaac Gyang’s injuries reportedly left him in critical condition at Jos University Teaching Hospital.

The gunmen attacked the pastor and Isaac Gyang as they returned from a church program, and when Gyang’s brother, Stephen Gyang, tried to take them to a hospital, he was shot dead, Mwantiri said.

According to Rev. Moses Gonam, coordinator of the COCIN Community Mission (CCM), attacks have forced COCIN to withdraw six of its workers from southern Plateau state.

COCIN withdrew the workers from Kyamsangi, Kanam County, due to the growing insecurity in the area, which has displaced many Christians, Pastor Gonam said.

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