Killings continue in Nigeria farming communities
The Fulani militants who killed 42 Christians during a night attack earlier this week in north central Nigeria continued their killing spree despite a curfew imposed by the government.
Witnesses have told International Christian Concern (ICC) staffers that at least 100 Christians were killed this week in 16 villages in the Mangu district of Plateau State.
One survivor who fled with other villagers watched as the militants killed her husband, father-in-law, four siblings, and burned her home.
“We did nothing to them, but the Fulani killed us because of our faith,” she said.
“We don’t have guns to defend ourselves,” another survivor who sustained a gunshot wound told ICC. The man lost five family members in the attack including his wife and father.
“The military and police came when the Fulani finished attacking the village and killing 27 from my village,” said the man.
On Thursday evening the Fulani also attacked another neighboring community in Kiwi Village — at least ten people were killed, and houses were burned and destroyed.
“We received an early sign warning, but the security officials refused to listen to us,” said a community member who saw the attack. “They came after the attack and carried 10 dead bodies for burial.”
Witnesses said the attacks on the Christian farming community was well-planned, designed to chase Christians from their communities. Many say it is a form of Jihad or Islamic holy war. The Fulani militants are mostly nomadic herders who need farmland for grazing their livestock; the crop farms and land are owned and cultivated by predominantly Christians.