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Nigeria: Terrorists Kill Eight Christians in Taraba State

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“Terrorists Kill Eight Christians in Taraba State, Nigeria,” Morning Star News, December 31, 2023:

ABUJA, Nigeria (Christian Daily International–Morning Star News) – Unidentified terrorists on Thursday (Dec. 28) killed eight Christians in Taraba state, Nigeria, after 13 others were slain the previous week, sources said.

The assailants attacked four predominantly Christian villages in Ussa County at about at about 4 p.m., residents said.

“While we are still celebrating Christmas, an event which reminds us of the birth of our messiah, Jesus Christ, Muslim terrorists attacked the villages of Kpambo, Fikyu, Kpambo-Yashe and Kpambo-Kuri,” Lami John told Christian Daily International-Morning Star News in a text message. “Eight Christians were killed during these attacks, and most of the houses belonging to Christians were destroyed by the terrorists.”

John, a victim of the attacks, fled her village as the assailants were shooting anyone in sight and setting homes on fire, she said.

Another area resident, Bulus Andeyake, said the eight Christians slain were farmers.

“Most Christian farmers are unable to go to their farms to harvest their crops because these terrorists lurk in bushes killing Christians they spot working on farms,” Andeyake said in a text message. “It’s risky for us to go to our farms. In Ussa Local Government Area, many Christians have been killed by Muslim terrorists.”

The previous week, 13 Christian farmers were killed in Jenuwagida village in Ussa County, he said.

Rikupki Urenyang Joshua, a representative in the Taraba State House of Assembly, said in a press statement on Friday (Dec. 29) that continuous attacks have resulted in the death of more than 500 Christians in Ussa County in the past few years.

“The murderers come in from Cameroon via the border communities and have continued to launch attacks on our vulnerable communities,” he said.

The Nigerian government and security agencies have failed to take proactive measures to prevent the attacks by terrorists, he said. “Nigeria’s federal government is being called upon to deploy troops to the affected communities in order to curtail the activities of the terrorists.”…

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