07/10/2023 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Suspected Fulani militants killed eight people, including an eight-month-old baby girl, Sunday night in the Vwang District of Jos.
The gunmen raided the village, shooting sporadically at the victims who were headed home for the night. The eight-month-old and her father were returning from the hospital when they were gunned down.
This attack comes as communities in central and northern Nigeria have faced rising terrorist attacks.
“[The Fulani militants] continue to unleash terror on innocent citizens in the communities of Riyom, Barkin Ladi, Jos South and Mangu Local Government Areas of Plateau state in renewed attacks since after 2023 General Elections,” said the National Publicity Secretary of Berom Youth Movement in a statement.
The Fulani, who are majority Muslim, is the world’s largest nomadic ethnic group. While most Fulani lives at peace with their neighbors, militant Fulanis, radicalized by extreme Islam, have emerged from their people group with jihadist intent.
Radicalized and armed Islamist Fulani have killed tens of thousands of Christians and left more than three million homeless in a 20-year genocide against them.
“Christian communities in the Middle Belt of Nigeria have effectively suffered a twenty-year-long genocide,” said ICC President Jeff King. “Where is the outcry? Where is effective action? In Nigeria, the military, the police, and the intelligence agencies are all controlled by Muslims. This, coupled with a twenty-year lack of response by these agencies, should naturally lead to deeper questioning by the international community. Simply put, the time for cheap talk and platitudes is over. The world is waking up and asking, ‘Is the Nigerian government complicit in these attacks.’”
Please pray for peace in the affected communities, and pray for the families of the victims.
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