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Nigerian Christians murdered, left homeless by organized Muslim attack

ICC Note

“Early the next morning, Friday, November 28, screams and gunshots filled the air, as these terrorists slaughtered Christians and burned churches, homes and businesses. More than 30 churches were torched, many with people inside.”

12/10/2008 Nigeria (Christian Aid)-Christian Aid has received this news update from native missionaries living inside of Jos. Most reports of this situation by secular media contain skewed information, received directly from the Nigerian government. This information includes false claims that Christians attacked and killed Muslims, and vastly underestimates the damage done to Christian lives and property. In reality, Muslims plotted an attack on Jos Christians days before the election results were announced. The majority of Muslims who died during the incident were killed by government soldiers ordered to fire at will to contain the violence.

“Unknown to me and the other believers living in Jos [farming city located high on Plateau State in central Nigeria ], Muslim terrorists from surrounding states had quietly infiltrated the city days before the November 27 election of the local council.

“They knew, just as we did, that the Christian-backed People’s Democratic Party would win.

“And they were ready with their guns and machetes to murder our families and burn our homes because of the votes we cast.

“The Muslim Hausa ethnic group, which dominates northern Jos, had sent for Muslim mercenaries from surrounding states in Nigeria to inconspicuously enter Jos with weapons and mock military uniforms to attack us if the election did not go their way.

“Early the next morning, Friday, November 28, screams and gunshots filled the air, as these terrorists slaughtered Christians and burned churches, homes and businesses. More than 30 churches were torched, many with people inside.

Background of religious tension in Jos

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