JOS, Nigeria — Nine Christians were ambushed and killed by Muslim Fulani herdsmen in north-central Nigeria on Nov. 9, sources said. The victims, all members of the Church of Christ In Nations (COCIN), were returning from a nearby market. Three other men were injured and were being treated a local hospital, according to a church elder.
Dacholom Datiri, president of the COCIN, confirmed the killing of members of his church.
“We are saddened again by yet another attack on members of our church,” he said. “We have continued to be forced into mourning the death of some our members for no just cause. Whatever it is, our faith is dependent on Jesus Christ, our Savior.”
A similar attack was carried out in the same area a few weeks ago when a Christian woman and two children were brutally killed by armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen who have been raiding Christian communities in the central Nigerian states of Plateau, Kaduna, Benue, Taraba and Niger.
Christians make up 51.3 percent of Nigeria’s population. Muslims living mostly in the north and middle belt account for 45 percent. Nigeria ranks 12th on Open Doors’ 2017 World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most persecution. (MS)