Thursday, 24 November 2016
A SERIES of chilling attacks by Muslims on Christians in Nigeria has left 45 people dead and others fighting for their lives amidst an increasing Islamic crackdown in the country.
The co-ordinated attacks were executed in five villages across the central belt of the West African nation - an area mostly populated by Christians.
The Muslim Hausa-Fulani herdsmen responsible for the latest wave of killings have already taken over 16 villages - stealing grazing land from Christian communities.
Most of the victims in the latest atrocities were women, children and elderly people, who could not escape the gunfire of the attackers.
More than 120 buildings, including eight churches, were also razed to the ground.
Samuel Adamu, who was in one of the villages that came under attack, said: "They laid siege to the village before they started shooting sporadically and throwing explosives at our homes.
"They were armed with guns, knives, machetes and explosives.
Muslim clans are stealing land from Christians
Churches have been destroyed across the middle belt of the country
"They slaughtered [and] butchered women, children and old people who could not escape."
The local government condemned the "barbaric" attacks but the chairman of a local group of evangelical churches, Rev. Zachariah Gado, said the attackers were escaping justice.
The attackers targetted the elderly and the young