A Christian pastor in the Nigerian state of Kaduna was found brutally murdered by members of his congregation on Sunday. The Reverend Silas Yakubi Ali was found hacked to death with machetes sometime on Saturday in the Zangon Kataf Local Government Area in Central Nigeria.
Ali had last been seen leaving his church on Saturday night by motorbike. When the pastor didn’t show up for Sunday service, parishioners formed a search party and eventually found their pastor dead, roughly one thousand yards from his home.
The pastor’s body showed both bullet and machete wounds.
Also on Sunday, at least 11 more Christians — including two pregnant women — were killed in an attack on the nearby Apyizhime Jim village. Ten of those victims reportedly attended another church overseen by Ali, while the 11th was from a local Catholic church.
And that might not be the last of the fatalities from Sunday.
“Many people are missing as a result of the attack. It is impossible to ascertain the number of those injured and those killed, but so far, l have counted 11 dead bodies in different locations,” a source told Nigeria’s Daily Post.