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Gunmen attack central Nigerian villages

2012-07-07 22:39

Jos - Gunmen killed several people in an attack on two Christian villages in central Nigeria's Plateau State on Saturday, officials said.

Although police and army spokesperson could not give an exact toll, one politician said at least 23 people had been killed and blamed Muslim herdsmen for the attacks.

The army said the first attack on Kankuru village near the flashpoint state capital of Jos happened around 07:00.

"Presently the casualty figures are not yet known. But there are casualties," Captain Salisu Mustapha, a spokesperson for the military special task force deployed in the region, told AFP.

A second village, Kushen, had also been attacked, he added.

Around 200 attackers, armed with guns and machetes, had stormed the mainly Christian villages. They were suspected to be Muslim herdsmen from the Fulani tribe.

Military

The military had moved into the area to try to contain the violence, he added.

Plateau state police spokesperson Emmanuel Abuh said his men were also patrolling there and that the fighting was still going on.

"It's premature to give a death toll. I can tell you that a number of people has been killed and the situation is still tense," he added.

Simon Mwadkwon, a lawmaker representing the area in the federal House of Representatives in Nigeria's capital Abuja, said at least 23 people had been killed in the two villages.

"Eight people were killed at Kankuru village and over 15 were killed at Kushen village," he said, blaming the nomadic Fulanis.

But he had not seen the bodies of those killed, he said. No independent verification was available.

Jos and its environs have seen a wave of sectarian and communal clashes in recent years, leaving thousands dead.

The area has also been hit by gun and bomb attacks blamed on the Islamist group Boko Haram.

Comments
  • simphiwe.tladi - 2012-07-07 23:23

    im no religious person,but i don't get what the problem is with muslims because all they do is attacking,killing and killing.i think they have a serious problem,a really serious problem.

      tc.convulvulous - 2012-07-08 09:08

      They are sytematically destroying the world! They do not have a problem, it is the rest of the world that has a problem, "a really serious problem". But the world is cowardly silent!

  • simphiwe.tladi - 2012-07-07 23:23

    im no religious person,but i don't get what the problem is with muslims because all they do is attacking,killing and killing.i think they have a serious problem,a really serious problem.

  • dakey.ras.73 - 2012-07-08 02:01

    Weird, 23 Christians killed. Don't get all the usual atheists here talking about how Atheists are persecuted.

  • elvis.bolokang - 2012-07-08 05:49

    One of the banana state

  • zaatheist - 2012-07-08 07:12

    @Dakeyras You make the statement "Don't get all the usual atheists here talking about how Atheists are persecuted." Well perhaps it might be that - We are wondering why the omnipotent, omnipresent and almighty god, who knew that his adherents (the people who worship him) were about to be attacked and killed did nothing protect them? We are wondering what is the purpose of this god who never does anything to benefit those who pay good, hard-earned money for the privilege of fruitlessly begging him to intervene in their lives. We are wondering why people who supposedly worship the same imaginary supernatural entity have the need to kill each other in an argument as to which religious cult knows best how to flatter the vain, selfish, pitiless, spiteful and murderous b..............

  • tc.convulvulous - 2012-07-08 09:05

    The time has come for the world to drop their cowardice and denounce Muslims for the terrorism they are spreading in the world. Of course there will be many that say that one should not denounce all Muslims. Unfortunately, I still have to meet a Muslim that distances him-/herself in clear, uncertain words from the so-called Muslim-extremists. Truth is that Muslims are systematically destroying countries and the world. They are intolerant and see non-musilms as the infidel, which can be destroyed without guilt. And the world is cowardly silent!

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