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06/08/2023 Nigeria (International Christian Concern)Fulani militants murdered more than 300 Christians, including two pastors, and destroyed 28 churches since mid-May in Plateau State, Nigeria. The Islamic extremists also displaced 30,000 Christians and destroyed 2,000 homes in recent attacks, according to local sources. 

The Christian population in Nigeria faces a growing persecution threat since Boko Haram’s insurgency in the 2010s. The insurgency and its splinter group Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), primarily operate in northeastern Nigeria, while Fulani militants operate in the central and southern regions. Fulani militants execute a “comparable strategy to Boko Haram and ISWAP and demonstrate a clear intent to target Christians and potent symbols of Christian identity,” according to a report by the UK All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief (APPG).

In 2022, Nigeria ranked first in the number of Christians killed, assaulted, or abused and ranked second in the number of Christians displaced, and churches attacked, according to the Open Doors 2023 World Watch List report.  The report also noted that “[2022] has also seen violence spill over into the Christian-majority south of the nation,” and that “Nigeria’s government continues to deny this is religious persecution.”  International Christian Concern (ICC) has previously reported on the numerous murders committed by Fulani militants earlier in 2023 and 2022. 

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