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 June 18, 2023

Dozens of Christians killed in Nigerian terrorist attacks

The Christian Post reports that 46 Christians were recently killed in Nigeria as the result of multiple terrorist attacks. 

According to the outlet, the incidents took place on June 3 and June 4 at villages located in the southern portion of Nigeria. The killings were allegedly carried out by militant Islamic Fulani herdsmen.

The herdsmen are reported to have led an attack on Imande Mbakange village during the early morning hours of June 3. And, as a result of this attack, 28 Christians were killed.

Then, on June 4, the herdsmen carried out similar attacks on the villages of Michihe, Achamegh, and Mbagene Kpav. In these attacks, another 18 Christians were killed.

The Benue State Police Command has released a statement saying that "police personnel and other security agents have been deployed to the area to end the attacks."

The Shitile Development Association (SDA) has put out a statement on the matter, saying:

Altogether, 46 Christians were killed by the terrorists in the two days of attacks on our communities. Most disturbing also is the fact that the identity of the perpetrators is known to security agencies and the Nigerian government, and yet nothing has been done to end this carnage.

The statement goes on to put the situation in context.

The SDA continues:

As our people are fleeing, herders are occupying these areas and grazing freely on our farms. Though due to the fear of general insecurity, it is difficult to move from village to village to gather exact statistics, hordes of lives have been horrendously eliminated in several villages across the land, such that the whole land is thrown into wailing and mourning.

In other words, the attacks that took place on June 3 and 4 are far from the only ones of their kind.

According to the Daily Wire, similar attacks were recently carried out in the Plateau state. There, 300 Christians were killed and 28 Christian churches were destroyed leading to the displacement of an estimated 30,000 Christians.

A new report from the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) estimates that over 5,000 Nigerian Christians were killed in 2022. Another 3,000 are said to have been kidnapped.

It is believed that several radical Islamic terrorist groups are responsible for committing these acts.

These groups are reported to include the Fulani herdsmen as well as Boko Haram and the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISAWP).

Some are arguing that the situation is now on the same level as genocide.

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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