Fulani Nomads and Other Terrorists Kill Seven Christians in Plateau State Attacks

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Morning Star News reported that in a tragic series of attacks on Thursday (Nov. 30), Fulani herdsmen and other terrorists targeted two villages in Plateau state, Nigeria, resulting in the deaths of seven Christians, including five men and a woman. 

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The villages of Puka and Dinter in Mangu County were assaulted around 1 a.m., leaving numerous other Christians injured, with gunshot wounds and machete cuts, according to Yohanna Markus of Puka.

In a separate incident, at midnight on Wednesday (Nov. 29), a pastor and two other Christians were kidnapped from Raddi village in Bassa County. The abducted victims were identified as Pastor Bala (50), Keziya Ayuba (50), and Sunday Ayuba (40). Fortunately, they were later rescued in neighboring Bauchi state that evening during a police response to another kidnapping attempt in Toro County.

This recent wave of violence follows a previous incident on Nov. 15 in Bokkos County, where Fulani herdsmen attacked the Hilltop area of Bokkos town, resulting in the death of one Christian and the injury of another.

In response to inquiries, the Plateau State Police Command stated that they had received reports of the attacks and deployed officers and military personnel to the affected areas, demonstrating efforts to address the escalating situation.

Nigeria, as reported by Open Doors’ 2023 World Watch List (WWL), led the world in the number of Christians killed for their faith in 2022, reaching a staggering 5,014. The country also topped the list in Christians abducted, sexually assaulted or harassed, forcibly married, physically or mentally abused, and witnessed the most homes and businesses attacked for faith-based reasons. Furthermore, Nigeria climbed to the sixth position in the 2023 World Watch List of countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian, marking its highest ranking ever.

The report highlights the involvement of various militant groups, including the Fulani, Boko Haram, and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), in conducting raids on Christian communities. These groups engage in activities such as killing, maiming, raping, and kidnapping for ransom or sexual slavery. Notably, the violence has extended into the Christian-majority south of Nigeria.

The United Kingdom’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom or Belief (APPG) noted in a 2020 report that while the predominantly Muslim Fulani population comprises millions across Nigeria and the Sahel, some adhere to radical Islamist ideology. The report states that they adopt strategies similar to Boko Haram and ISWAP, showing a clear intent to target Christians and symbols of Christian identity.

Christian leaders in Nigeria believe that attacks by herdsmen in the country’s Middle Belt are motivated by a desire to forcibly acquire Christians’ lands and impose Islam. The challenges posed by desertification have made it difficult for these herdsmen to sustain their herds, contributing to tensions in the region.

As the situation unfolds, Plateau State authorities are taking measures to address the security challenges and protect the affected communities.

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