END OF CHRISTIAN ERA
A nighttime “ethnic cleansing” raid by Muslims on a village near Nigeria’s turbulent city of Jos resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Christians, officials said.
Unconfirmed reports indicated that 500 people were killed in the attack at Dongon Nahowa.
Authorities say the invaders were Fulani herdsmen, who seek to establish Nigeria as an Islamic republic ruled by Islamic law.
In recent months, Nigeria has experienced a wave of ethno-religious attacks
Reports from the village said the 2-hour attack Sunday caught the villagers unaware. Several villagers who escaped said the invaders used guns, swords and knives to cut down their victims, including children. Some victims were beheaded and burned, reports said.
Jos is the capital of Nigeria’s Plateau State.
Gregory Yenlong, Plateau information commissioner, said the government was shocked by the violence, the news agency in Lagos, Nigeria, reported.
Describing the attack as an “ethnic cleansing” of the Berom people, Yenlong called for the arrest of Saleh Bayare, a Fulani from Bassa area of Plateau State.
Less than two months ago, 326 people died in two days of religious and ethnic fighting in the region.
50% of Nigeria is now Islamic. Twenty years ago, the country was a bastion of Christianity in Africa with 90% of the population adhering to the Christian faith.