Seven killed in fresh attack on church

Lydia FlemingApr 27, 2018

Human Rights WatchA church in ruins in Jos, Nigeria, burnt to the ground by militant Muslims.

According to the statement, the killings have only persisted because of what the association describes as government's inability to effectively arrest the situation. "Violating a place of worship, killing priests and worshipers is not only vile, evil and satanic, it is clearly calculated to stoke up religious conflict and plunge our communities into endless bloodletting".

What is turning out as sheer slaughter of Nigerians in villages across Benue State continued for the second day running on Wednesday, with report of killing of another 13 people by gunmen suspected to be Fulani militia.

"People started scampering and wailing", Angor narrated, adding that several people were "gunned down in cold blood while many sustained injuries including bullet wounds".

"The herdsmen burnt almost 50 houses during the attack and sacked the entire community", state official, Terver Akase, told CNN.

"Seven people were confirmed killed among them men, women and children".

CAN said the protest was to register its discontent with the inability of the Federal Government to end killings in different parts of Nigeria, particularly in Benue, Plateau, Taraba and Nasarawa states.

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Owoseni said the attacks "have gone beyond herders/farmers clashes or communal clashes".

More than 160 houses also were reported to have been set ablaze in heavily armed attacks that began late Tuesday night in the Guma area on predominantly Christian Tse-Umenge, Mbakpase and Tse-Ali villages.

ICC Regional Manager Nathan Johnson told The Christian Post in an interview earlier in April that the religious aspect of the violence must not be ignored.

It is recalled that the marauding Fulani Herdsmen recognized by Nigeria's body of laws as "Miyatti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN)" with President Muhammadu Buhari as their grand national patron, had in the early hours of Tuesday, 24April 2018 invaded St Ignatius Catholic Church during its morning mass service and butchered the duo of Rev Fathers Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha as well as two catechists and 15 members of the Parish Laity.

"Under President Buhari, the murderous Fulani herdsmen enjoyed unprecedented protection and favoritism to the extent that the herdsmen treat Nigeria as a conquered territory", Asake has said.

The attack took place near Nigeria's middle belt, where the Muslim north meets the southern Christian area.

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