Radical Muslims burned a Catholic priest to death and shot another in Nigeria as part of their ongoing genocide against Christians.
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Rev. Isaac Achi was killed in the Paikoro area of Niger state after gunmen failed to break into his house and instead set it on fire, said Wasiu Abiodun, the police spokesman. A second priest living in the compound escaped with a gunshot wound to his shoulder, he said.
Wasiu Abiodun, police spokesperson for Niger state, said in a statement that armed men torched the residence of Father Isaac Achi, of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, in Paikoro local government area, after failing to gain entry around 3:00 a.m.
According to officials, the terrorists gained entry to the catholic parish house. While having difficulty in obtaining entry, they set fire to the parish house and waited until it burned with Father Achi still inside.
Father Achi died after armed bandits attacked the priest’s residence in the village of Kafin Koro at 3 a.m. Another priest at the rectory, Father Collins Omeh, escaped the building but sustained gunshot wounds and is being treated in a hospital.
“This is a sad moment. For a priest to be killed in such a manner means that we are not all safe. These terrorists have lost it, and drastic action is needed to end this ongoing carnage,” said Niger state governor Sani Bello.
Niger state Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello said the killing signaled that no one was safe. “These terrorists have lost it and drastic action is needed to end this ongoing carnage,” he said.
The motive for the latest attack was not immediately clear, but gunmen have previously targeted priests in the largely Muslim north.
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