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1,000 attack non-Muslim village in Nigeria

Catholic World News - April 12, 2011

Armed with machetes and guns, 1,000 militants attacked the village of Bar Arewa in the northern Nigerian state of Bauchi on April 7. “Almost every home in the village was destroyed, and some elderly people were reported to have been burnt to death in their homes,” according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

The group is part of a larger band of 2,000 militants that has been attacking non-Muslim villages.

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

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