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Nigeria: Twelve Christians killed in attacks by suspected Fulani militants in Kaduna State

Attacks upon Christians in Nigeria have continued with astonishing regularity for years now, with little or no effective response from the Nigerian government or military. Both frequently appear to sympathize with the attackers.

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“Twelve Christians killed in attacks by suspected Fulani militants in Kaduna State, Nigeria,” Barnabas Fund, September 17, 2021:

Suspected Fulani militants have killed 12 people during a raid on Peigyim village, near Kibori, in the Atyap Chiefdom of Zango-Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, in Nigeria’s Middle Belt.

The attack happened during heavy rain on the evening of Sunday 12 September, and came less than 24 hours after the murder of Pastor Silas Yakubu Ali, in the same locality. Pastor Silas was returning from visiting his son late on Saturday afternoon when he was ambushed and killed by unidentified assailants.

A spokesperson for the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, Luka Binniyat, confirmed that eleven people from the community had been killed in the attack, adding, “They also killed another man in Atakshusho village about 3km from the initial scene of crime as they were retreating to make an escape.”

One witness said, “They (the attackers) came while it was raining and divided themselves into groups. They targeted specific houses and when done, they left immediately.”

The Kaduna State government confirmed that 12 persons were killed while two persons were injured during the raid….

On 6 August Jonathan Asake, President of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, spoke out on national television against a series of attacks in July on Atyap communities where victims were targeted because of their “ethnicity, beliefs and cultural practices”. Around 84% of the Atyap people are Christian.

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