Religious Cleansing: Islamists Murder 15 Christians in Central Nigeria

ICC Note:  Yet another atrocity was committed by suspected Boko Haram Islamists in their campaign of religious cleansing in northern and central Nigeria. This latest attack is just one of several terrorist operations reported since early last week in Nigeria. The death toll form last week may now be in excess of 100 persons killed and many more wounded by Muslim militants seeking to establish an Islamic state under Sharia rule.

9/29/2013 Nigeria (Morning Star News) - JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslim herdsmen killed 15 Christians in Nigeria’s Kaduna state Saturday morning (Sept. 28), two days after suspected Islamic extremists in Yobe state killed an Anglican pastor and his son, sources said.

The ethnic Fulani Muslims in Kaduna state in central Nigeria, where attacks against Christians have increased markedly in the past year with the aid of outside Muslim extremists, invaded predominantly Christian Zangang village in the Kaura Local Government Area from the east and south, “killing the villagers and burning down houses,” said the Rev. Yakubu Gandu Nkut.

“The Fulani Muslim herdsmen lay siege to the village, while at the same time attacking Christians there using guns to kill and burn down their houses,” Nkut told Morning Star News. “They attacked the village between the hours of 6 and 8 a.m.”

Nkut, pastor of an Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) congregation in Zankan, about five kilometers (three miles) from Zangang, said the gunmen also had machetes and knives. While a Kaduna state police spokesman said 11 were killed, Nkut gave the names of 15 Christians slain: Christopher Bakwap, Benjamen Ganda, Ladi Madugu, Adam Yakubu, Julius Barnabas, Garba Kushuwah, Martha Musa, Michael Aboi, Gaje Lufuwai, Kefas Yusfu, Dauda Yusu, Joshua Bikau, Andrew Bikai, Sheying Immanuel and Gideon Adamu.

Kumai Badu, chairman of Kaura Local Government Council, told Morning Star News by phone that 15 Christians were killed, several others were wounded and hundreds were displaced. Those who have fled have taken refuge in Manchok, he said.

The attack was the third this year by Muslim herdsmen on Zangang village, sources said. In those assaults, Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed “several” Christians and also destroyed homes, they said.