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An 87-year-old Christian man was reportedly cut to death with a machete and another was shot to death in Nigeria’s Kaduna state by suspected Fulani radicals last week, a local source has claimed.
Resident - Agom - Village - Persecution - Outlet
A resident of the predominantly Christian Agom village told the nonprofit persecution monitoring outlet Morning Star News that a group of herdsmen attacked the area around 4:30 a.m. last Thursday. The result, he said, was the death of 87-year-old Monday Kura and 48-year-old Emmanuel Agom.
According to the resident, identified as Gabriel Yakubu, both Kura and Agam were killed while they were sleeping. They were both said to be members of the local Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ.
W - Prayers - Village - Fire - Protection
“[W]e need your prayers as my village is on fire and we are not getting any protection from the government," Yakubu was quoted as saying.
The alleged attack in Agom follows several attacks this year against predominantly-Christian farming communities in Kaduna and other states across the Middle Belt of Nigeria that were said to have been carried out by radical Fulani herdsmen.
Fulani - Herders - People - Decades - Conflicts
Fulani herders are nomadic or semi-nomadic people who have for decades been involved in conflicts and disputes with farming communities.
But over the last few years, there has been a noticeable rise in deadly overnight attacks on farming communities. Thousands have been killed and countless villages have been razed since the beginning of 2018.
Government - Rights - Activists - Violence - Conflict
While the Nigerian government and some rights activists claim that the violence is due to a decades-long herder-farmer conflict, advocates for the Christain communities claim that some Fulani extremists have been armed and radicalized to carry out deadly attacks against largely unarmed Christian communities.
Additionally, advocates contend that those responsible for the attacks are not being held accountable by local or federal governments even though the Global Terrorism Index shows that...
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