Late last week in Nigeria, three Christian villages were attacked and at least 100 villagers were killed. Thousands of our brothers and sisters are murdered in Nigeria every year. These attacks range from religious persecution to disputes between neighbors. Is something being done?
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According to the Associated Press, the people behind the attacks in Kaduna are Fulani Muslim herders–a people often in conflict with Christians in this area. Chenshyi village chief says that their pastor’s wife and children are among the 50 dead in his village. The entire village in the south was destroyed by fire and looting. The AP assigns the cause of the conflict to be disputes over land and water.
100 Christians Murdered in Nigeria Attack, by Julie Oosterhouse, at Mission Network News
"More than 110 people were killed in sustained attacks on three Christian villages in Kaduna state, central Nigeria, night. Two others were killed in Borno state .
"The raids on Ugwar Sankwai, Ungwan Gata and Chenshyi villages in Kaduna began at about 11pm on Friday. Over four hours, suspected Fulani militants armed with guns and machetes set fire to homes, burning many alive.
"At least 114 people are feared dead. The casualties include a pastor's wife and her three children."
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"New violence has erupted in central Nigeria, where a dispute over grazing land has reportedly sparked a raid that officials say killed more than 100 people..."
"...NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports for our Newscast unit:
"Nigerian police confirm that cattle herders believed to be from the Fulani ethnic group attacked three villages late on Friday..."
"'...Most Fulani-related clashes are concentrated in central Plateau state, pitting semi-nomadic Muslim herders against sedentary, often Christian, farmers in recurrent and murderous killings."
Gunmen Raid Nigerian Villages, Killing More Than 100 People, by Bill Chappell, at NPR
"Dozens of gunmen on motorbikes have killed more than 100 villagers in an ongoing conflict over land in northern Nigeria, survivors said on Thursday.
"The attacks, which began Tuesday night, left scores of people fleeing on foot from the four targeted villages about 110 miles south of Katsina city.
"People were still burying victims at Marabar Kindo village when the attackers returned on Thursday afternoon and gunned down another seven villagers, resident Adamu Inuwa said. They also set fire to thatch-roofed huts, Inuwa said.
"Kabiru Ismail of Maigora village said the first raid came late on Tuesday and residents were continuing to recover bodies of people who had fled into the bush with the gunmen in pursuit.
"Mr Ismail said he had helped bury more than 40 people. By late afternoon, he had counted 103 bodies in three of the four villages. Five vehicles also were torched."
Gunmen on Motorbikes in North Nigeria Kill over 100 Villagers at The Telegraph
"In different war-like scenarios, several people were killed yesterday in Borno and Kaduna states, as military authorities intensified their offensive against the dreaded Boko Haram sect, which regrouped for another onslaught on the city of Maiduguri, just as Fulani herdsmen unleashed terror on Kaduna villages, killing over 150 people, few days after a similar attack on some Benue villages.
"In Kaduna, the rampaging attackers stormed the villages of Ugwar Sankwai, Ungwar Gata and Chenshyi, all in the Kaura Local Government Area around 10pm Friday night, shooting and setting houses ablaze in a brazen seven-hour assault that lasted till about 5 am yesterday.
"However, in Maiduguri, for the second day in a row, came under attacks from members of the dreadedBoko Haram sect, who renewed their onslaught, having being repelled by the military on Friday.
'Fleeing members of the sect reportedly regrouped on Saturday morning to launch another attack in Maiduguri, despite the 24-hour curfew imposed by the military authorities.
"The military operatives and the Civilian JTF had, on Friday, routed members of the outlawed group and frustrated attempt by the insurgents to overrun Giwa Barracks, while trying to set free some of their detained colleagues.
"But yesterday, multiple explosions and gunshots were heard in the city, from the General Area, close to the Barracks, at about 8:15am, which made neighbouring residents of the Barracks flee their homes, for fear of being caught in the crossfire.
"Sunday Newswatch gathered that some of the insurgents, who escaped during the gun battle mixed-up with the general public. It was learnt that most of the insurgents arrested were not Nigerians but nationalities of Niger, Chad, and other African countries. The military, contemplating the return of the insurgents, imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state capital on Friday, while charging the Civilian JTF to be vigilant and report unfamiliar faces.
"The Nigerian Air Force had engaged the sect through the use of fighter jets in its continued battle to dislodge the terrorists. Sunday Newswatch gathered that the military resorted to the air raid option when it became obvious that the sect had started regrouping.
"It was learnt that Boko Haram was regrouping around the country’s borders towards Bama in Borno State."
Another 150 Killed as Terror Rages in Borno, Kaduna; by Owolabi Adenusi, Yola & Baba Negedu; at Daily Newswatch