On Tuesday, Fulani herdsmen invaded a Christian village and killed 37 people, injured more, and destroyed homes in the Barkin Ladi Local Government Area in Plateau state in central Nigeria. The attack came after terrorist group Boko Haram already murdered over 34 Christians earlier this month in Borno state.
In attacks on the four predominantly Christian villages that started at 1 a.m. in the Barkin Ladi Local Government Area in Plateau State in central Nigeria, ethnic Fulani herdsmen killed 37 people, injured many others and destroyed homes, the military’s Special Task Force spokesman, Salisu Mustapha, said in a press statement.
Media outlets report cattle theft and land as the reason for the attacks, but Christians are a prominent target in Nigeria. The terrorist group Boko Haram, which means “Western education is forbidden,” wants to establish an Islamic state and demolish Christianity. People believe groups like Boko Haram are backing the Muslim Fulani herdsmen to help them in their cause.
On November 3, Boko Haram attacked the Ngoshe village in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State and killed eight Christians:
“They burned 11 houses owned by the Christians and three churches, which were the EYN [Brethren] church, Deeper Life Bible church and the Redeemed Christian Church of God,” the statement read. “We were informed that when the Christian community sought to meet the state governor on this issue, he said he has no time to see them until February next year.”
Between November 11-13, Boko Haram terrorized Christian villages:
The Rev. Titus Pona, chairman of the Borno chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), told Morning Star News that Boko Haram slaughtered the Christians and drove many others from their villages.
“For three days, between Monday, Nov. 11, and Wednesday, Nov. 13, they attacked the Christian villages,” he said. “They came in two Hilux vehicles, three buses and about 30 motorcycles armed with AK-47 rifles, going from house to house, killing, looting, and burning houses.”