Thirteen members of a church in the Plateau state of Nigeria were killed by armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen on Wednesday (Jan. 8), an independent news service focused on the persecution of Christians reported yesterday.
On the same day, four students were kidnapped from a Catholic seminary in Kaduna state, Morning Star News stated.
The 13 dead were all members of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), as were three people wounded in the assault, residents of the Kulben village in Mangu County, told the news service. About 20 herdsmen attacked the predominantly Christian village at about 8 p.m., according to the report.
“They were shooting with guns in all directions, forcing the villagers to scamper into surrounding bushes,” Michael Mutding, 40, who lives in the area, told Morning Star News in a text message. “Corpses of those killed have been evacuated by soldiers and police to the mortuary of Mangu Cottage Hospital; and all the victims are members of COCIN.”
About 1,000 believers were killed by Islamic militants during 2019, according to a report from Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART) about the persecution of Nigeria’s Christian community.
Nigeria is ranked No. 12 on the World Watch List released annually by Open Doors. It’s also the country with the most faith-related killings year after year.
On Christmas Day, Islamic State militants in black masks beheaded 10 blindfolded Christian men and shot an 11th, according to several news agencies.
The attacks came despite efforts by security agencies, stated Bala Fwengje, a legislator representing the area in the Plateau State House of Assembly.
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SOURCE: Assist News, Alex Murashko