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12/07/2020 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – The Emancipation Center for Crisis Victims in Nigeria has reported that yet another attack by gunmen believed to be Fulani militants took the lives of three people in Gura-Pwana village in Plateau State, Nigeria. The attack took place on Tuesday, December 1. According to a survivor of the attack, Swanta Kumai, the gunmen entered the village late that night and began shooting at people. Mr. Kumai, said that his 28-year-old son, Joseph, was woken by the gunfire. Together they rushed outside to try and warn their neighbors.

Unbeknown to him, the attackers had already spotted his movement. When coming out, they went after him with heavy fire and shot him dead,” Kumai said. “The invaders grouped themselves into four, strategically positioned so that no one can dare them.” The two others who were killed in the attack were Davou Mwanti, 59, and Dalyop Davou, 70.

Nigerians are not allowed to own or carry firearms. Despite this, Fulani militias often have access to and carry weapons such as ak-47s and other rifles. These are used by many herders as a way to protect their livestock as they travel, but can be used for aggression by the more extremist groups. Since Christian farmers do not have the same access to weapons, they are very susceptible to attack and are often decimated when hostile groups enter their villages. Please pray for the safety of Christians farming villages in Nigeria as violence and extremism continue to grow.

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