ICC Note: Reports state that on Tuesday, August 16, Muslim Fulani Herdsmen attacked an area populated primarily by Christians in Kaduna State, Nigeria. During this attack the herdsmen killed 10 people in the village. These attacks by the Muslim herdsmen have been taking place for years now, increasing in frequency and intensity in the past few years. The Fulani are now rivaling Nigeria-based terrorist group Boko Haram with the number of people that they have killed and displaced. Some suspect that these two groups have actually joined forces with the intention of killing Christians in the country. While the conflict between the herdsmen and the farmers appears to be over the issue of grazing land, many say that the root cause is the desire of the herdsmen to wipe out Christians from the Middle-Belt region of the country by waging a jihad similar to that of Boko Haram in the Northeast.
08/19/2016, Kaduna, Nigeria (Christian Today) – Ten people were killed in a Christian-majority area of Kaduna state, Nigeria, on Tuesday, the latest in a string of attacks by Fulani herdsmen.
The attack took place early in the morning of August 16, according to World Watch Monitor.
The Fulani community is a group of nomadic cattle herders made up of mostly Muslims. They are involved in an ongoing dispute with mainly Christian farmers in Nigeria’s central states, and hundreds have been killed in the conflict. Thousands more have been displaced.
In March, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered an investigation after an attack in Benue state left between 100 and 300 dead.