At Least 40 Christians Killed in Two Attacks in Kaduna State, Nigeria

School for missionary children shut.

Kaduna state, Nigeria. (Wikipedia)

Kaduna state, Nigeria. (Wikipedia)

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – At least 32 people were killed in a Muslim Fulani herder attack on a Christian area of north-central Nigeria on Tuesday (Feb. 26), sources said.

The early morning assault on villages in and around Maro, in Kajuru County of Kaduna state, came after a Feb. 10 herdsmen attack on Angwan Barde, in the same county, that killed 10 Catholic Christians along with an unborn child.

In this week’s attack in Maro, the Fulani herdsmen also damaged church buildings and property, and the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) reported that many of its missionaries working among the area Adara (known as Kadara by the Hausa) and Katari ethnic groups have been displaced.

A boarding school for the missionaries’ children in Kufana town has been closed, said the Rev. Bakari Ibrahim, director of the ECWA’s Evangelical Missionary Society (EMS).

“Please pray for peace in Kaduna state – hundreds have been displaced and hundreds killed by the Fulani jihadists,” he told Morning Star News in a text message. “We evacuated about hundred EMS kids from Kufana for safety. Many of our missionaries working among the Kadara tribe and some in Katari areas have been displaced. Please keep praying for our nation.”

A women’s fellowship leader of the ECWA congregation in Maro who requested anonymity told Morning Star News that women were meeting at the church building when the herdsmen invaded.

“We ran out of the church building as the shooting was going on,” she said on Tuesday (Feb. 26). “Many have been killed, and I have not seen my family members since morning. I have escaped out of the area.”

Other messages to Morning Star News reflected similar alarm. “The armed herdsmen are shooting anyone they see and are setting fire on houses and church buildings,” one Christian who requested anonymity said by phone.

Another survivor wrote in a text message, “There is an outbreak of violent attacks ongoing at Maro in Kajuru LG [Local Government Area] of Kaduna state. The people are in serious distress right now.”

Area resident Mordecai Funom Ibrahim wrote in a text message that about 400 armed Fulanis attacked villages around Maro at about 6 a.m. Another resident pleaded, “Can the governor of Kaduna state send security personnel to Karamai in Maro of Kajuru Local Government Area, there’s an ongoing attack by Fulani gunmen on Christians.”

Blogger Mercy Musa Swanta of Kaduna state wrote on Facebook that local residents offered some defense.

“The villagers stood against the Fulani who came fully clothed in military uniform,” she wrote. “But they had to withdraw due to high number and superior firepower of the Fulani. Mobile policemen came but also retreated, one operation Yaki [police] vehicle burnt. Military now engaging the Fulani. Battle still going on. Casualties unknown but could be high.”

At least 32 bodies had reportedly been buried at this writing, including that of a policeman, with many Christian residents still unaccounted for.

A spokesman for the governor said the government was saddened by the attack, and that security agencies were working to contain the aggression in Kajuru and neighboring Kachia County.

Attack in Angwan Barde

The Feb. 10 Muslim Fulani herdsmen attack on Angwan Barde that killed 11 people wounded five others, residents said.

Survivors told Morning Star News that armed herdsmen in large numbers surrounded the village at about 11 p.m. that Sunday night. Area resident Ja’afaru Samaila, 21, said by phone that the herdsmen killed five members of his family.

“We heard gun shots, and this forced me and my family to remain in our bedrooms as it was difficult for us to run out of the house,” he told Morning Star News. “The Fulani gunmen surrounded our house and were shooting and shouting, ‘Allahu akbar [God is greater].’ They killed my father, mother, two brothers, and one of my sisters-in-law.”

The village head of Angwan Barde, Daniel Audu, 48, told Morning Star News by phone that the attack came as a surprise as they’ve never had any problems with the herdsmen.

“We have never had any misunderstanding with the Fulani herdsmen, so I don’t know why they attacked our village,” Audu said. “Ten members of my community, including a pregnant woman, were killed during the attack, thus making the unborn child to be the eleventh victim.”

He identified those killed as John Abbah, Moses Kabiru, Philemon Gomna, Samaila Jonathan, Maria Abbah, Ladi Samaila, Mairo Daniel, Marvelous Daniel, John Samaila and Joseph Samaila, along with the unborn baby.

Christians make up 51.3 percent of Nigeria’s population, while Muslims living primarily in the north and middle belt account for 45 percent.

Nigeria ranked 12th on Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most persecution.

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Comments

  1. Matahaly Anntsofiak says

    Let this come out on the news in Europe. The Europian governments are sleeping.

  2. ROBERT T FRANKENFIELD says

    Meanwhile, the media is focusing on the Muslim Mosque attack in NZ. And Ignoring Muslim attacks that happen on the daily. SMH

  3. And why are our totally useless news companys neglecting to report on this?

    • Linda Enderson says

      Dave, do you (or anyone reading these articles) know how we could go about contacting the major news outlets (T.V. and newspapers (The Washington Post, etc) to send them these articles or a link to them?
      Also, what is the name of that news organization with the initials AP? (Is that right?..). Do you know what I’m referring to? Maybe if enough of us ask for them to cover this, someone will.
      What do you think?

    • Linda Enderson says

      Dave, do you know how to contact major newspapers (The Washington Post is the only one I can think of) and news channels like CNN and FOX NEWS? Could we send them a link or even this article and ask that they report on it? If enough of us request it, maybe they would. I would certainly be willing to try (and get my family/friends to join in), if I knew how to go about it and had someone else to back me up. (Isn’t there a worldwide news organization called the AP? Does that stand for Associated Press)?
      What do you think?

  4. What is being done to protect these Christians in areas where they are being attacked? Why aren’t we AT LEAST arming them with firearms? They must be able to protect themselves! I keep reading story after story of Christians being murdered and my blood is boiling! We live in a world where you must protect yourself from evil!

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