ABUJA, Nigeria — Islamic extremists this summer killed more than 50 people and kidnapped nearly 40 in relentless attacks upon Nigerian Christians and their communities.
Seven individuals — four of them children — were killed in Danda Chigwi village in Plateau State, reported Morning Star News. The assailants, Muslim Fulani herdsmen, also injured a four-month-old baby, severing its hand.
Christian leaders believe the aim of the herdsmen is twofold: take over Christians’ land to have grazing areas in the face of desertification and impose Islam.
Just days prior to that, herdsmen raided Fusa village, killing five Christians.
Nigeria’s Taraba State is suffering a similar onslaught against Christians, Morning Star reported. Islamic extremist terrorists also killed more than 30 people in Takum Local Government Area and Ussa Local Government Area. Both areas are predominantly Christian.
Two people were later slain in Taraba’s Kujwean, and terrorists killed at least nine Christians in Jenuwa Nyifiye village.
In Kaduna State, Islamic extremists have also recently abducted 36 people from Keke B Community, Morning Star reported.
Nigeria has led the world in the number of Christians killed or kidnapped. It is No. 7 on Open Doors’ 2022 World Watch List of places most difficult to be a Christian.