Fulani herdsmen on March 24 killed an estimated 50 Christians and abducted a Catholic priest in attacks on communities in an area of Kaduna state, Nigeria, Morning Star News reported.
In late-night attacks on 10 predominantly Christian communities of Giwa County, herdsmen and others also took about 100 people captive and burned down a church building, according to the report.
“They also burned houses, stores and killed animals,” resident Nuhu Musa told Morning Star News. Women and children were among those killed, Musa said.
The Catholic priest, Felix Fidson Zakari of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, was taken away at gunpoint from Zangon Tama village along with others, four area residents said. The residents and a spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Zaria requested prayer for the abducted priest.
In Benue state, Fulani herdsmen early March 23 killed three Christians, following the slaughter of more than 20 people in predominantly Christian areas of the state earlier in the month, sources said. The killings follow similar herdsmen attacks this month in Benue state. In Guma County, herdsmen on March 10–12 attacked Ahentse village, killing five Christians on March 12, local residents said.
Nigeria is No. 7 on Open Doors’ 2022 World Watch List of places most difficult to be a Christian, up from No. 9 on the 2021 World Watch List.
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