Attacks on Christian Villages in Nigeria on the Rise
Local Muslim Tribesman Assault Predominantly Christian Areas Near Jos
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Muslim tribesman attacked two mainly Christian villages in Jos, located in Nigeria, earlier this month.
According to a report by Morning Star News, the attack carried out by members of the ethnic Fulani Muslims killed four family members, which included a two year old and four year old boy in the village of Rantis, located 43 miles south of Jos.
A local pastor, Rev. Dacholom Datiri of the Church of Christ in Nations, decried the increasing attacks against Christians in the area. The four victims were members of his Church.
“These attacks are on the increase as they are being carried out against our church members almost on a daily basis, and the security personnel seem helpless in checking them,” the Protestant pastor told Morning Star News.
The assault follows a similar attack carried out by the Fulani tribesman two days before the attack on Rantis. The group launched an attack on the evening of November 2nd. No lives were reported lost in the assault in the Gyel village.
Rev. Davou Pam, another local pastor belonging to the same Protestant Church as Datiri, stated that he received distress calls from local Christian villagers that night.
“We thank God that some vigilantes were able to rush there to assist the members of the community, and so no life was lost in the attack.”
Local Christians believe that the tribesmen have received backing from Islamic extremists group in the hopes of acquiring land belonging to local Christians in order to expand their territory.
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