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ICC Note: Northeast Nigeria has in recent weeks become a killing field for Islamic radicals connected with the “Boko Haram” movement. In the last few months hundreds have been killed, with Christian communities often bearing the brunt of attacks. On Monday and Tuesday of this week gunmen assaulted five different villages, killing sixteen Christians, most of whom were women and children. Nigerian government forces were either not present or refused to engage the militants. Thousands have been killed and tens of thousands have fled Nigeria’s north as the Islamic militant group targets police stations, churches, schools, and Christian homes.
3/05/2014 Nigeria (MSN) –  Armed gunmen believed to be Muslim Fulani herdsmen yesterday and early today attacked a cluster of villages in Plateau state, killing 16 Christians and destroying numerous homes, Christian leaders said.
The assailants, reportedly dressed in military camouflage, shot randomly as they struck Torok, Gwon, Gwarim, Gwareng and Rim villages in Rim District of the Riyom Local Government Area west of Jos. Musa Gunduma Dang of Gwon village said they killed his mother, wife, four children and three other relatives.
“They shot sporadically and set my house ablaze, killing all members of my family, and the entire village has been destroyed,” Dang said.
Daniel Bitrus Manjang, a pastor with the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), told Morning Star News the attacks were “very tragic.”
“About 200 houses were burned, and 16 Christians were killed,” said Manjang, a resident of Rim.
About 10 years ago Manjang lost his father, the Rev. Bitrus Manjang, a former COCIN vice president, to a similar attack in Rim village, he said.
The Rev. Patrick Kim, COCIN pastor in Gwarim, told Morning Star News by phone that the Muslim attackers invaded the villages at about 4 p.m., killing and destroying until 12:30 a.m.
The church leaders said two worship sanctuaries and residences of two COCIN pastors were among the buildings set ablaze.

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