Fulani herdsmen killed over 40 Christians in Nigeria
Gunmen wielding AK-47s and machetes massacred 42 Christians and burned dozens of houses near Mangu in Nigeria’s Plateau State.
The attackers – suspected to be Fulani militants – raided from midnight to dawn early Tuesday in Nigeria’ north-central region about 55 miles from the capital, Jos.
Mangu County has faced multiple attacks by the Fulani militants this year. More than 60 Christians were killed in the district after Mutfwang and his Peoples Democratic Party prevailed in the March election. The lawyer and politician is a former Chairman of Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Mutfwang described the attacks as “ethnic cleansing.” Radical Islamic Fulani militias have targeted the mostly Christian farming communities – more than 50,000 Christians have been killed and millions displaced over the past 20 years. Others say a growing scarcity of farmland for the nomadic Fulani herders contributes to the attacks and conflict.