Muslims in Nigeria attacked two Christians, hacking them to pieces. They also made an attack on eleven more Christians, killing them all. Here isthe story:
Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacked a cluster of predominantly Christian villages in Kaduna state last week, killing at least 13 Christians and scattering members of three churches, area sources said.
A survivor of the attacks told Morning Star News that the herdsmen killed two Christian women in Ninte village in the Jema’a Local Government Area (LGA) of the north-central state on Aug. 1, and that she knew of eight Christians killed in Gada Biyu on Aug. 2. Local newspapers reported nine people were killed in Gada Biyu, with an additional two men killed in Akwa’a on Aug. 3.
One of hundreds of Christians displaced from the area, Martha Yohanna of Alheri Baptist Church in Gada Biyu village, told Morning Star News that the attacks on Ninte and Gada Biyu villages were carried out by Muslim Fulani herdsmen from Aug. 1 to Aug. 3.
“On Aug. 1 at about noon in Ninte, the Fulani herdsmen attacked two Christian women and a man while they were on their farm,” she said. “They cut them with machetes. A woman and her daughter in-law were killed by the Fulani herdsmen while the man is still in the hospital as I talk with you.”
The next day, the Fulani herdsmen killed eight Christians in Gada Biyu, including five identified only as Friday, Akoro, Mamman, Danladi, and Jerry, she said.
Her brother-in-law, 25-year-old Joseph, is missing and is presumed to have been killed by the herdsmen, Yohanna said.
“It is over a week now that he has not been seen, and nothing has been heard about him,” she said.
On Aug. 3, after security forces had turned away the herdsmen, the assailants returned to Gada Biyu at about 6 p.m. to burn down houses, she said.
“They carried out the destruction for three hours,” Yohanna said. “I escaped from Gada Biyu to Gidan Waya on Monday [Aug. 1] when the Fulani came to attack the village at noon, and returned on Wednesday afternoon to retrieve some of our clothing. By the evening of that Wednesday, the Fulani herdsmen returned to my village to destroy our homes. They lit fire on some houses before policemen and soldiers were brought there to repel them.”
Gada Biyu, near the Kafanchan, has three Christian congregations that were displaced as a result of the attack, she said: Alheri Baptist Church, Sabon Rai Baptist Church, and an Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA).
“The three pastors escaped from the village during the attack, and since the attack have not returned to the village,” she said. “My pastor, the Rev. Nathan Jaweson of Alheri Baptist Church, on Monday, following the killing of the two women in Ninte village, evacuated his family to Godogodo and returned to Gada Biyu. However, he narrowly escaped being killed on Tuesday [Aug. 2] as he swam across the river at Gada Biyu. He’s currently living as a displaced person in Kafanchan.”