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Update: Suicide attack averted in Diffa, Niger

Following news of the kidnapping of a Christian woman, we have also learned from Open Doors field sources that an earlier suicide attack was foiled by government security forces on Sunday 2 June. The attacker was targeting the Abundant Life Church in Diffa, and was arrested in front of the church. He and his guide had an explosive belt and other weapons, according to communication from the Ministry of National Defence. Praise God for His miraculous protection over the Christians worshipping at this church!

Thank you for praying for your persecuted family in Niger, and please continue to pray that He will grant further grace to the church in the region as they face new and intensified insecurity.



12 June 2019

Please pray for Christians in Diffa, Niger.

On 7 June Boko Haram kidnapped a Christian woman in the village of Kintchendi, Diffa region. She was released the following Monday with a letter to all the Christians living in that area to leave within three days or be killed.

Open Doors field sources say the Christian Association of Niger has urged all Christians in that area and other rural areas of Diffa region to leave and go to the city of Diffa.

Fifty people have already heeded the advice, and arrived at Diffa.


  • Please pray for grace and provision from the Lord in these difficult circumstances.
  • Pray also for wisdom and courage for pastors as they minister to the displaced at this time.
  • Pray that Boko Haram will not spread its violent ideology effectively in Niger.