At least 40 Christians killed in two  attacks in Kaduna State, Nigeria

MARO, Nigeria — Numerous people were killed in a Muslim Fulani herder attack on a Christian area of north-central Nigeria on Feb. 26, sources told Morning Star News.

An area resident said the attackers numbered more than 400 in the early morning assault that came just weeks after a Feb. 10 attack on Angwan Barde in the same county that killed 10 Catholic Christians along with an unborn child.

In this week’s attack Fulani herdsmen also damaged church buildings and property, and the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) reported many of its missionaries have been displaced.

A boarding school for the missionaries’ children in Kufana town has been closed, said Bakari Ibrahim, director of the ECWA’s Evangelical Missionary Society.

A women’s fellowship leader of the ECWA congregation in Maro said women were meeting at the church building when the herdsmen invaded and “many” had been killed. 

Christians make up 51.3 percent of Nigeria’s population, while Muslims living primarily in the north and middle belt account for 45 percent.

Nigeria ranked 12th on Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most persecution. (MS)