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Nigeria: 4 Children, Grandmother Among 17 Christians Slaughtered by Radicals in Mass Raid

Nigeria is about 50% Christian. Of those Christians, around 75% are Protestant, 24% Roman Catholic. Of the remaining 1%, there is a small Orthodox Christian community. These Christians are being subjected to a ruthless persecution that has gone on with sporadic attacks for years, and has been escalating recently. Targeting the Christians are both the Islamic militant group Boko Haram and Muslim Fulani herdsmen. Bishop Stephen Mamza, the state chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, said that Christians are being “killed by these so-called herdsmen on a daily basis, without security forces responding appropriately to stop them from hurting Christians.” Mamza warned that the “incessant attacks on Christians has led to hunger and starvation” and said that “if these Christians are not aided many will die of starvation.”

“Nigeria: 4 Children, Grandmother Among 17 Christians Slaughtered by Radicals in Mass Raid,” by Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post, October 2, 2018:

Seventeen Christians, including four children and one grandmother, were shot dead last week by Fulani radicals who raided their homes in Jos, Nigeria.

Morning Star News reported that the attack happened on Thursday evening, when the gunmen broke into homes and began shooting at anyone they saw.

Lucky Kogi, one of the survivors, revealed that two of his children and 14 members of his extended family were killed in the slaughter.

Rogu Audu, another witness whose mother and two children were murdered in the attack, said, “When the Fulani herdsmen came, they shot into the house randomly, breaking and forcing their way into rooms, shooting defenseless women and children and anyone in sight.”

Audu claimed that Nigerian army soldiers accompanied the Fulani attackers who were armed with both firearms and machetes.

“The Fulani herdsmen came from the Wild Life Park, which shares a border with our community,” Audu said. “The park is located in the southern flank of Rukuba Road and has rocky hills, which provided the attackers with cover to enable them to invade our community.”

The man revealed that all the casualties were members of the local Evangelical Church Winning All.

Other residents said that wounded family members who suffered cuts on their heads, faces, and hands, are receiving treatment at the Bingham University Teaching Hospital in Jos.

Thousands of Christians have been killed this year in Fulani attacks, with some of the deadliest raids occurring in and around Jos. Over 200 believers were slaughtered in some of the biggest incidents there in June, displacing at least 3,000 people….

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