“This is the third attack on our community. Please pray for us”, say evangelicals in the area.
Christian leaders in Nigeria believe herdsmen attacks on Christian communities are inspired by their desire to forcefully take over Christians’ lands and impose Islam.
The state has been severely hit lately by Fulani herdsmen, who also killed 46 Christians last June.
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Fulani extremists attacked several towns, burning more than 100 houses. 53 Christians were kidnapped and are still held captive.
A bomb and gun attack left more than 70 victims during a mass in the southwest of the country.
It was the second attack on Christians in the area in one week. Fulani herdsmen killed six Christians from one family and other four were killed in four homes.
At least eight more Christians slain in October. “Christians are being killed, and the government exhibits carelessness”, said evangelical leaders in Kaduna.
Muslim Fulanis killed 70 Christians, displaced 30,000 and burned 500 homes in attacks on villages in Miango District the first three weeks of August.
The school belongs to Bethel Baptist Church in Kaduna. Nigeria led the world in number of kidnapped Christians last year with 990.
An evangelical pastor says terrorists roam freely in presence of security personnel. Churches affected by herdsmen attacks in the area include Baptists, Pentecostals, Anglicans, and Catholics.
“Do we deserve to live and die like this in our own country?”, a relative of a killed Christian student asks. Nigeria led the world in number of kidnapped Christians last year with 990.
Muslim Fulani herdsmen suspected in the kidnapping of eight members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
Islamic extremist groups have kidnapped, killed and executed Christians throughout the country. Many villages have been attacked and churches destroyed.
Violence keeps escalating despite the pleas of evangelical leaders who denounce lack of effort by the Nigerian government to free church members.
Fulani herdsmen have increasingly adopted ideology and methods similar to Islamic extremist groups like Boko Haram. The kidnapped girls are forcefully converted to Islam and married off.
Fulani herdsmen attacked a village, burned the a Baptist church, killed a man and abducted seven Christians.
“All the community members, mainly Christians, have all fled. Please pray for God’s intervention”, All Africa Baptist Fellowship said.
Days before, Islamic extremist militants had executed five men “as warning to Christians”. Over 50 Christians have been slained since June 12.
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Africa has become “an easy prey, because of its vulnerability and the abiding Western interest in the region”, says the Secretary General of the Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA).
Armed herdsmen stormed the community and shot indiscriminately into houses, forcing residents to flee into bushes surrounding the village.
Suspected Fulani herdsmen killed several Christians, kidnapped 19 and burned at least 12 houses throughout Nigeria in May.
Analysts have detected ties between Muslim Fulani herdsmen and Islamic extremist groups.