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04/24/2020 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Another attack took place on 19 April in the town of Angwan Magaji, Kaduna State, Nigeria. This attack is believed to have been perpetrated by Fulani Militants who attacked late that afternoon around 6:30 pm. The attack took the lives of four Christians who attended the local catholic and or ECWA churches.

During the attack, which lasted for more than two hours, the gunmen also destroyed at least 38 houses, leaving many families without homes. This is especially dangerous during this time of pandemic when isolation could mean the difference between getting the virus and not. They assailants not only targeted the local’s homes, but also their food stores and other essential supplies. They burned down and destroyed as much of the local’s food in order to make it impossible for them to stay in the village any longer.

This tactic has been used by Fulani militants for years, but has increased greatly in the past three. They destroy homes and storages so that the communities have to flee. Often after the locals leave the land, many herders enter the area and start to graze the herds. This has been seen in cases of large attacks as well as small. In June 2018, Fulani Militants attacked the villages of Bokkos District in Plateau State, killing more than 250 Christian farmers. Within days after the attack, hundreds of herders with tens of thousands of cattle could be found using the land and villages that had just been evacuated. The Nigerian Military did nothing to secure the area or return families to their rightful homes. Please pray for the families of those who lost their lives, as well as those who no longer have homes.

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