Fulani Muslims kill at least 82 in Nigerian Christian village


Nigerian Fulani cattle herder
Nigerian Fulani cattle herder
Mike Blyth / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

“The search for victims and survivors is still ongoing,” said a local resident, “but there is no doubt that the figure may rise because the entire village is like a killing field with the stench of blood everywhere and many still missing”.

The attackers are thought to be from Loko in neighbouring Nasarawa state. After attacking residents and breaking into their homes, the Fulani herdsmen razed the village to the ground, destroying trees, food barns and farmland.

Residents in the village are of the predominantly Christian Egba ethnic group. Ethnic Fulani Muslims frequently attack Christian villages across Nigeria, killing residents and burning churches. Christians in north-eastern Nigeria also suffer attacks from the Islamist insurgency group Boko Haram, which focuses in particular on Christians, Western-style educational institutions and security/political targets.

The day before the attack against the Egba Christians, police uncovered two homemade bombs in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri. The bombs had been placed in Yerwa primary school, which had been converted into a camp for Nigerians who had been internally displaced as a result of Boko Haram violence in the region. Police managed to detonate the bombs safely without causing injury to anyone.



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