Fulani radicals killed more than a dozen people, including three children in West Africa’s Middle Belt on Monday.
According to the Christian Post, radicals burned down hundreds of homes in the area and killed 13 people, some of whom were Christians, many of whom were living in Christian villages.
In one village in Kaduna, residents told reporters that about 200 armed Fulani herdsmen invaded their village.
Of the 13 total killed, four were Christians, including an 8-year-old, 9-year-old and a 17-year-old.
“They were all buried today after a brief prayer at the grave site,” resident Thomas John told Morning Star News.
A resident of Kikoba estimated that some 90 homes had belonged in Christians in the village.
In another village, a church of the Evangelical Church Winning All denomination and a Catholic church were both burned down.
The publicity secretary for the Miango Development Association, Lawrence Zongo, said all farms in the area were also destroyed.
“Presently, all the villagers are displaced,” he said.
Public relations officer for the Kaduna Police Command Yakubu Sabo said the attacks happened about 2:45 p.m. Monday.
“Teams of policemen quickly moved to the area, evacuated the dead bodies to the hospital and ensured that the situation was brought under control,” Sabo said.
Sabo added that the attack may have been in response to another attack on a Fulani camp earlier in the day.
These are just the latest attacks by Fulani radicals on Christians and farmers. In February, 130 people – predominantly Christians – were killed in Kaduna. The governor of the state said that it appeared to be a plan to “wipe out certain communities,” Reuters reports.
Then in March, ten more Christian’s including children were killed and dozens of homes burned to the ground by Fulani radicals.
According to Open Doors USA’s 2019 World Watch List, Nigeria is ranked as the 12thworst nation in the world for Christian persecution. Reports say that some 2,400 Christians were killed by radicals in 2018, according to the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law.
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.