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NIGERIA: 15 Christians Slain By Muslim Herdsmen

15 Christians slain in Nigeria
15 Christians slain in Nigeria

According to reports, more than 100 Muslim Fulani herdsmen invaded Sabon Gida Shagogo village in Taraba state in northeast Nigeria. This attack was launched at 4:00 am after the military soldiers left the village patrolling the area. The assailants set fire to church buildings and houses moreover they killed 10 Christian residents. The Taraba state police spokesman Joseph Kwaji confirmed the attack, while he affirmed that the security agencies have boosted efforts to restrain violence against vulnerable citizens.

On the other hand, in Kaduna state 5 more Christians were killed the same day and 15 houses were destroyed in an identical early morning attack on the predominantly Christian village of Angwan Dauda about six miles from Fadan Karshi. This attack was presumed to be in retaliation for shooting of a Muslim herdsman to death by the soldiers. This Muslim herdsman attacked a Christian farmer and while doing so was being arrested by the soldiers but was shot dead. Among those killed were a 1-year-old boy and his mother. The father of the baby was killed in an ambush earlier by the same Muslim Fulani herdsmen.

What is more saddening that Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency has reported that more than 1,500 Christians were killed in similar attacks in the area in 2014.