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4 Christian villages attacked in Nigeria; 37 dead

Catholic World News - November 27, 2013

Heavily armed raiders conducted nighttime attacks on four predominantly Christian villages in central Nigeria, leaving 37 dead, according to multiple media reports.

News reports stated that the raiders were likely members of the predominantly Muslim Fula, or Fulani, people; the victims were members of the predominantly Christian Berom people.

Morning Star News, an agency that specializes in reporting on the persecution of Christians, said in its report that “Christian leaders otherwise at a loss to explain the increase in attacks believe Islamic extremist groups are inciting Fulani Muslims to attack them in Plateau state as well as in Kaduna, Bauchi, Nasarawa and Benue states … Hit-and-run, guerrilla-style attacks on Christian villages in which children are shot to death as they sleep support their suspicion that the assaults are motivated by desire to eliminate Christianity.”

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