N. Nigeria: 100 killed in attacks on 3 Christian villages

March 25, 2014 by  
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nigeriaAfrica, March 18, 2014: At least 119 people were killed in attacks on three Christian villages in Kaduna state, NorthernNigeria; the villages were razed to the ground as hundreds of homes and some churches were set ablaze.

The onslaught by scores of ethnic Fulani Muslim herdsmen armed with guns and machetes started on Friday night (14 March) and continued into the early hours of Saturday.

Gideon Bughu (45), a survivor from Ugwar Sankwai village, told Nigerian newspaper Sunday Vanguard:

They fired into homes. As women and children scampered to escape, they were shot and later cut with machetes. They then set our homes on fire. If you stayed inside, you were burnt. If you run out, they shoot at you.

The official death toll stood at 119 on Sunday (16 March), but local sources suggested it could be as high as 200.

Only a handful of properties in Ugwar Sankwai and the other two targeted villages, Ungwar Gata and Chenshyi, were left standing. Residents said that they suspected chemical substances were used in the attacks.

The violence displaced hundreds of people, many of whom are sheltering in a primary school. The farming communities’ food supplies were looted.

Christians in Kaduna state have come under repeated attack in recent months. At the end of January, a Christian family of seven was murdered, and in November, at least 11 people werekilled in a suicide bombing at a church inside a military barracks.

Kaduna Governor Mukhtar Yero said:
This ugly situation is unacceptable, and we will step up efforts to improve surveillance and curtail future occurrence. We pray that God would expose the people that are causing this problem. We pray that God would touch their hearts to stop such dastardly acts or destroy their evil machinations.

Fulani Muslim herdsmen are also attacking Christians elsewhere in Nigeria. Earlier this month, at least 16 were killed in a raid on a number of villages in Plateau state in the Middle Belt. Musa Gunduma Dang lost his entire family – wife, four children, mother and three other relatives – and his home, which was set ablaze, in the attack. Around 200 houses as well as churche

– barnabas team

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