Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

18 dead in new attacks against Christians in Nigeria

Catholic World News - January 13, 2011

Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacked four non-Muslim villages in central Nigeria on January 10 and 11, killing 18 and burning down a church and over a dozen houses. Soldiers reportedly collaborated in the attack.

“The dramatic news from Nigeria, where once again innocent lives have been destroyed by attacks targeting the Christian community, shows that the phenomenon of religious intolerance is widespread and of a vast scale,” said Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini.

“The attackers used weapons including guns, machetes, daggers, bows and arrows to attack their victims who were reportedly taken unawares,” according to a Nigerian press account.

Attacks on Christians in Jos on Christmas Eve claimed the lives of 84.

15% of Nigeria’s 146.5 million people are Catholic, according to Vatican statistics. 25% are Protestant, 50% are Muslim, and 10% retain indigenous beliefs.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our July expenses ($18,961 to go):
$35,000.00 $16,039.29
54% 46%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

May God Bless our Readers! July 18
What's Wrong with the Pope's latest interview? July 15
What was wrong with the Pope's latest interview? A lot. July 15
Fool me once... July 14
Crowdfunding can change lives July 11

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Vatican issues working document for Synod of Bishops on the family CWN - June 26
New management, new changes coming for reformed Vatican bank CWN - July 8
Sweeping reforms to Vatican's media, financial operations CWN - July 9
‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’: Mosul emptied of Christians CWN - July 21