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Sleeping Nigerian family hacked to death

2012-05-10 11:40

Lagos - Suspected Muslim herdsmen in Nigeria have hacked and shot to death seven sleeping family members at a Christian village in the volatile central Plateau state, officials said on Thursday.

"A family of seven was brutally killed at Riya, a village in Riyom Iga," government spokesperson Pam Ayuba told AFP.

He said suspected ethnic Fulani herdsmen, who are predominantly Muslim, invaded the mainly Christian and farming village on Wednesday night and shot and macheted the victims in their bedrooms before fleeing.

"It was the usual style of attack, they were killed in their sleep by Fulani herdsmen," he added. "I am still expecting the details of the names, ages and sex of the victims."

Riyom is near Jos, the flashpoint capital of the Plateau state where thousands have died in communal and sectarian clashes in recent years.

At least two people were killed and several others injured two weeks ago when suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked the area.

Jos lies in the so-called middle belt region dividing the mainly Muslim north and predominantly Christian south of Africa's most populous nation and top oil producer.

Comments
  • Piet - 2012-05-10 11:49

    In the name of Christianity I suppose...

      Jessie - 2012-05-10 12:28

      Your comment makes no sense. Christians were apparently murdered by another religious faction, and yet you shirk off their deaths as "in the name of Christianity". If you can't make informed comments on this site, then please refrain from your petty chidings, and find another place to express them, they are not appreciated here.

      Jessie - 2012-05-10 12:28

      Your comment makes no sense. Christians were apparently murdered by another religious faction, and yet you shirk off their deaths as "in the name of Christianity". If you can't make informed comments on this site, then please refrain from your petty chidings, and find another place to express them, they are not appreciated here.

      John - 2012-05-10 12:42

      @Jessie. A little ambiguous, true, but in the light of the article, a juxtaposing of Christianity and Islam, exposing the 'religion of peace' for what it is.

      John - 2012-05-10 12:42

      @Jessie. A little ambiguous, true, but in the light of the article, a juxtaposing of Christianity and Islam, exposing the 'religion of peace' for what it is.

      Jessie - 2012-05-10 12:46

      Lots of bad things have happened in the name of religion... but good things have happened too. And if we were just to respect other people, then we wouldn't blame an entire religious group for the wrong doings of certain people. May these poor souls rest in peace.

      Jessie - 2012-05-10 12:46

      Lots of bad things have happened in the name of religion... but good things have happened too. And if we were just to respect other people, then we wouldn't blame an entire religious group for the wrong doings of certain people. May these poor souls rest in peace.

      John - 2012-05-10 13:04

      @Jessie. Very true, but, the entire religious group can be blamed if these acts(committed by them) are part and parcel of their religious tenets. That is quite different from instances where religion has been twisted to justify certain acts. Whether one or two commits these acts and the other one and a half billion does not, does not matter, all it means is that one and a half billion are not actively living out their religion, or are for a lack of a better word 'ticking time bombs'.

      John - 2012-05-10 13:04

      @Jessie. Very true, but, the entire religious group can be blamed if these acts(committed by them) are part and parcel of their religious tenets. That is quite different from instances where religion has been twisted to justify certain acts. Whether one or two commits these acts and the other one and a half billion does not, does not matter, all it means is that one and a half billion are not actively living out their religion, or are for a lack of a better word 'ticking time bombs'.

      Fredster - 2012-05-10 14:15

      Piet, read the article again. The Muslim killed the Christian, not the other way around.

      Fredster - 2012-05-10 14:15

      Piet, read the article again. The Muslim killed the Christian, not the other way around.

  • Hester - 2012-05-10 12:01

    Murderous cowards.

      Paco - 2012-05-10 13:46

      reminds you of anyone ? butchering crusaders comes to mind

      Paco - 2012-05-10 13:46

      reminds you of anyone ? butchering crusaders comes to mind

      John - 2012-05-10 13:54

      What are you saying Paco? Is this war?

      John - 2012-05-10 13:54

      What are you saying Paco? Is this war?

      Martin - 2012-05-10 15:06

      na but the incas, mayans, norse, aboriginals, etc were not at war either, they just didnt believe and were slaughtered, the wheel turns.

      Martin - 2012-05-10 15:06

      na but the incas, mayans, norse, aboriginals, etc were not at war either, they just didnt believe and were slaughtered, the wheel turns.

      John - 2012-05-10 15:51

      Why did you do it Johnny? Because Dave it. Oh, okay, then it's alright, carry on Johnny.

  • John - 2012-05-10 12:07

    Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. ... so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way (Christianity) whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. ... He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. Acts 9:1-5 Our dear Muslim friends should perhaps ask themselves why they are persecuting Jesus, for when they do it to the least of these, they do it to Jesus.

      Jason - 2012-05-10 12:22

      Stay grounded buddy.

      Jason - 2012-05-10 12:22

      Stay grounded buddy.

      Paco - 2012-05-10 13:48

      John are u high on crack ? if yes please stop typing

      Paco - 2012-05-10 13:48

      John are u high on crack ? if yes please stop typing

  • Lorain - 2012-05-10 12:20

    This is sick,for what purpose?

      Jan - 2012-05-10 14:48

      no purpose. Its AFRICA. expect nothing more and nothing less. period

      Jan - 2012-05-10 14:48

      no purpose. Its AFRICA. expect nothing more and nothing less. period

  • Tokelo MediaOwner Fako - 2012-05-10 12:39

    Ohk now this hate between Muslim and Christians has totally gotten out of hand.. Why can't people just accept that and respect other people's values? No man this is not On at all.. Nie Man!!

  • grant.hide - 2012-05-10 12:52

    Hacking each other over whose imaginary friend is more real is like letting kids run a school. Plain stupid. Please don't preach to me. May they RIP

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-10 13:13

    Shocking!! And how cowardly does one have to be to attack someone while they are asleep.

  • Lanfear - 2012-05-10 14:18

    Hmm, seems that most people commenting don't know about the religious conflict in Nigeria, which has been going on for decades now. Although recently the conflict seem to have "heated up" somewhat. Its the Muslims against the Christians, both constituting about half of the country's populace. There have been bombs, killings [such as the one in the article], and so forth. Of course it is also not as clear cut as I said above. There are different factions as well within the broad descriptions. Some interesting links that describe the conflict, if anyone is interested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Nigeria#New_radical_Islamic_movements_in_Nigeria [yes its wikipedia, yet there are excellent references on this article] http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/war/nigeria-1.htm

  • Carlito - 2012-05-10 16:32

    I got a tip for Nigerians split the counrty in two, muslims to the north, christians to the south. If not the whole country will go down further, islamist have already taken over Mali and soon will be heading for you or ask the Americans for help.

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