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More Than 100 Christians Slain as Muslim Herdsmen Burn Homes, Church Buildings in Nigeria

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Muslim herdsmen armed with guns and machetes on Friday night (March 14) launched attacks on three villages in Kaduna state, killing more than 100 Christians and destroying homes, sources said. Scores of the ethnic Fulani assailants simultaneously atta


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Gillian M (218)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 2:11 pm
Muslim herdsmen armed with guns and machetes on Friday night (March 14) launched attacks on three villages in Kaduna state, killing more than 100 Christians and destroying homes, sources said.

Scores of the ethnic Fulani assailants simultaneously attacked the Christian villages of Ugwar Sankwai, Ungwar Gata and Chenshyi in the Kaura Local Government Area for about four hours, sources said. The Rev. Yakubu Gandu Nkut, chairman of the Zankan area chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), told Morning Star News that a pastor’s wife and her three children were among the dead.

“The unfortunate attack on our communities has led to killing of more than 100 Christians,” Nkut said. “The wife of one of our pastors, Mrs. Jummai Likita Riku, and her three children, from the ECWA [Evangelical Church Winning All] church, Ugwar Sankwai, were killed in the attack.”

ECWA and Anglican church buildings were burned down by the herdsmen in Ugwar Sankwai, Nkut said.

Daniel Anyip, vice chairman of the Kaura Local Government Council, confirmed the attacks and the death toll, telling reporters women and children were burned to death in homes the assailants set ablaze.

“There is no justification for this inhuman act,” Anyip said.

In Manchok, where several Christians have taken refuge, Nuhu Moses of Chenshyi village told reporters that the Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed about 50 Christians.

“The cattlemen who attacked my village were more than 40 – they were armed with guns and other weapons,” Moses told Morning Star News. “As I talk to you, there is no single house that has not been destroyed as the attackers set fire on our houses. As we made efforts to escape from being killed, our attackers shot at every one they saw. It was a miracle that I escaped alive.”

The Nigeria Police Force in Kaduna corroborated the attacks, saying more policemen had been deployed to the area to restore order; the first security personnel reportedly arrived at 4 a.m., about an hour after the attacks ended. Aminu Lawan, deputy superintendent of police, told Morning Star News by phone that police have begun investigating.

On Jan. 30, a band of armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacked the Christian village of Ungwar Kajit in the Manyi Akuru area of Kaduna, near Manchok, killing a family of seven and a man nearby, and injuring dozens of others.

Fulani herdsmen have long attacked settled Christian farmers in Plateau, Bauchi, Kaduna, Taraba and Adamawa states, but in the past year analysts have begun to see some ties between the assailants and Islamic extremist groups keen to exploit longstanding ethnic, property and religious conflicts.

Kaduna Gov. Mukhtar Yero described the March 14-15 attacks as “ungodly and barbaric.” He promised to order an investigation.

“This ugly situation is unacceptable, and we will step up efforts to improve surveillance and curtail future occurrence,” he said in a press statement. “We pray that God would expose the people that are causing this problem. We pray that God would touch their hearts to stop such dastardly acts or destroy their evil machinations.”

The Rt. Rev. George Dodo, chairman of the CAN in Kaduna state, called on the Nigerian government to put an end to systematic persecution of Christians in the state.

Christians make up 51.3 percent of Nigeria’s population of 158.2 million, while Muslims account for 45 percent. Those practicing indigenous religions may be as high as 10 percent of the total population, according to Operation World, so the percentages of Christians and Muslims may be less.

. (0)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 2:32 pm
And we are supposed to turn our heads?THIS is the problem. Where is Nigeria supposed to find justice? From the UN?-please. The Vatican?The Pope should be outraged, but, there never even a declaration of injustice. I simply don't understand how radical Muslims get away with what they do.

Sue Matheson (79)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 3:00 pm

Marg Lemon (12)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 4:29 pm

Stan B (123)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 10:06 pm
This is what happens when the Muslim population of a country reaches this percentage. Europe's next.

paula eaton (30)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 10:17 pm
Wake up western world. This is what happens. Do you really want sharia law, honor killings??? Educate yourselves. Forget about political correctness.

Billie C (2)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 10:19 pm
until we wall off all muslims the rest of us will not be safe. when are our so called leaders going to get these evil people locked into their hell holes? instead of walling them up they keep shipping them in. all we hear is they are peace loving. the only thing they love is killing.

Maureen C (4)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 10:27 pm
...and in the Central African Republic, the radical militias committing atrocities are the Christians. We have bad Muslims, and bad Christians, and religion-based radicalism must be stopped everywhere.

I am at my teeth-clenching tolerance limit of group violence that terrorizes and kills innocent civilians: there just seems to be so much of it around the world right now.

Shirley S (187)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 10:27 pm
An horrendous situation that will not be easy to overcome.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 11:34 pm
This is a week old and there has not been one instance of it on the news. That's shameful. RIP dearest Christians.

Elaine M (0)
Monday March 24, 2014, 12:36 am
Radical muslims 'preach' of the hate campaign christians have against them. With this sort of slaughter, are they not bringing it upon themselves? Where are the religious leaders and the politicians ? Any kind of violence is an atrocity in the eyes of all good people, whatever race and religion, this must be stamped out.

Past Member (0)
Monday March 24, 2014, 12:47 am
As long as the religionists are killing each other I say good, go for it..need bullets, anything ? :) Shoot straight hard..stab deeply..decapitate each other, yes,,mutilate..good..bury the dead though..say a prayer....leaving them lay in the street rotting is barbaric.:)


Malgorzata Zmuda (202)
Monday March 24, 2014, 1:47 am
Przerażające wieści z Nigerii, ale też z Korei Północnej, Krymu i wielu innych miejsc. Gdzie się podziało przykazanie "Miłuj bliźniego swego..."

Shil O (0)
Monday March 24, 2014, 1:55 am
@ Malgoizata
There is no love thy neighbour in Islam

. (0)
Monday March 24, 2014, 1:56 am
May they all RIP and may this be the end to the senseless bloodshed. Heaven help us all.

Past Member (0)
Monday March 24, 2014, 3:18 am
So angry right now!! May the victims rest in peace. The karma bus awaits the MURDERERS.

Past Member (0)
Monday March 24, 2014, 3:49 pm
The world is not safe from any muslims but when will the world wake up When most of the people are dead then it will be too late

Helen Porter (39)
Monday March 24, 2014, 7:43 pm
People are so busy with their own lives, their mortgages, their children turning bad at an early age their attempts to survivel without a sufficient pay check.....their just isn't time for the world's horrific events. The kids are hungry.

When there is time, it will be too late.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Monday March 24, 2014, 7:51 pm

bob m (32)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 7:51 pm
Maureen; yes ; after decades of slaughter at the hands of islamists the Christians protect themselves and sometimes go nuts and now CNN and the dhimmi world wakes up to the story and yaps about Cristian killings.

Süheyla C (234)
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 12:23 am
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