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A large number of Christian villages across north and central Nigeria have reported attacks by Islamic extremist in January. According to some reports, as many as 15 Christians have been murdered in these attacks. Boko Haram, an Islamic terrorist network operating in northern Nigeria, is though to be behind these attacks. Some attacks have been attributed to Muslim Fulani herdsmen, though many in Nigeria are beginning to suspect that Boko Haram is inciting these groups to attack Christians. Please pray for all Christians living in northern and central Nigeria.  
1/23/2014 Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Islamic extremists have attacked villages in three states in Nigeria every Sunday this month, killing at least 15 Christians.
Christian leaders in the Agatu Local Government Area of central Nigeria’s Benue state said ethnic Fulani herdsmen were responsible for raids on two villages that left seven Christians dead on Sunday morning (Jan. 19), though a Fulani spokesman said the assailants must have come from elsewhere as there are no Fulani herdsmen known in the area.
The previous Sunday (Jan. 12) in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno state, Christian leaders said terrorists from the Islamic extremist Boko Haram group attacked Sabon Gari village in the Gwoza Local Government Area, killing eight Christians. In Kaduna state the Sunday before that (Jan. 5), churchmen in the Manchok area mobilized in time to repel attacks by Fulani herdsmen, Christian leaders told Morning Star News.
In the Benue state attacks, Fulani herdsmen raided Oweto and Utuluewu villages at about 10 a.m., destroying homes and maiming and killing Christian residents, two Christian leaders said.
“They killed seven of our community members in Oweto and Utuluewu villages in Agatu, while many others were injured in the attack,” John Ngbede told Morning Star News. “There was sporadic shooting in these two Christian communities in the early hours of Sunday, at about 10 a.m., when they were in their churches. This incident has forced Christian surviving residents of the two communities to flee their villages.”
Ngbede said the names of the slain Christians were not immediately available.
“However, I am sure of the casualty figure of those killed by the Fulani herdsmen,” he said. “Seven of them were killed in the attack.”
Sule Audu, another Christian community leader in the area, told Morning Star News by phone that a relative, 60-year-old Isah Onum, was among the seven killed.
“I do not understand the rationale behind these incessant killing of our people and the destruction of their homes,” Audu said.
Daniel Ezeala, police spokesman for the Benue State Command, confirmed that seven Christians were killed in Sunday’s attacks in Agatu. Five soldiers were also killed in the course of intervening.
The state secretary of the Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Garus Gololo, reportedly said the assailants must have come from outside the area as he was not aware of any herdsmen in the Idoma-speaking areas of Agatu.
“I’m so sad over the killings in the area,” he said. “I’m also told that the soldiers fell in the middle of the crossfire between the Agatu and Fulanis. The killers should be arrested and prosecuted.”
In the attacks that killed eight Christians in Borno state, Boko Haram Islamists stormed Sabon Gari village in the Gwoza Local Government Area the night of Jan. 12, according to area Christian leader Peter Biye Gumte. The onslaught came after Boko Haram members destroyed a Church of the Brethren in Nigeria building in Bzuba village on Jan. 8.
Boko Haram insurgents last month attacked four predominantly Christian villages in the Gwoza, Damboa and askira-Uba Local Government Areas, leading to death of at least 26 Christians and destroying about 40 homes. The attacks in Bdagu, Izge, Hartsa and Yazza villages took place from Dec. 8 to Dec. 11.
In Plateau state, Fulani herdsmen in the Langtang North Local Government Area on Jan. 16 killed three Christians and wounded four others in Nwore and Yokdara villages, an area resident said. Kahfa Timbong, Tanden Nandang and Yakubu Changtim were slain, he said.
“The attackers were Fulani herdsmen, Muslims,” Nanpon Miri told Morning Star News. “They attacked the two villages during the morning hours, at about 10 a.m.”

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