11/01/2021 Mali (International Christian Concern) –Seven Malian soldiers were killed on Saturday in two separate attacks, according to a statement made by the Malian Armed Forces (FAMa).
Five soldiers were killed by a road bomb near the central Malian town of Segou, about 124 miles northeast of the capital Bamako, the military said.
“A sweep of the area where the incident occurred led to the arrest of two suspects who were immediately handed over to the gendarmerie,” the statement added.
Also on Saturday, two soldiers were killed in an attack on the village of Mourdiah, 124 miles north of the capital.
Open Doors listed Mali as the 28th most dangerous country in the world to be a Christian. Islamic extremists have been able to overtake areas with weak governmental leadership and have capitalized on vulnerabilities created by COVID-19. Since a coup attempt in 2012, jihadists have had control over much of northern Mali and have been able to recruit and train their insurgents there.
Please pray for Mali’s leaders to fight for religious freedom and for the Lord to strengthen and multiply the country’s Christian community. Please also pray for those who persecute the church, that they will repent and accept the gospel of our Lord Jesus.