Saturday, October 3, 2015

WEST AFRICA: Increased Violence Against Christians

Two Christian brothers, Ushahemba and Sughter Kumashenge, were ambushed and killed by Fulani militants on Saturday, August 22nd. The incident occurred on their farm in Taraba state, lending to concerns that militants in Nigeria’s middle belt—consisting of Kaduna, Taraba, Benue and Nasarawa states—are joining forces with jihadists for the specific purpose of driving out Christians.

Over the summer, the violent attacks had intensified throughout northern Nigeria and its neighbouring country of Cameroon, causing some Christians in affected areas to refrain from attending church. On Saturday, July 25th, a 12-year-old girl detonated a suicide bomb within a crowded area in Maroua, northern Cameroon, killing 20 people and injuring 79 others. The following Friday, July 31st, six people died and eleven were injured in a massive bomb explosion at a market in Maiduguri, Nigeria—the traditional heartland of the Nigerian violence. 

Pieces of human flesh were seen this Saturday morning littering the roadside in Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja, where an explosive went off yesterday. The explosive was said to have been detonated at the Jikwoyi Park, Nyanya, on the popular Abuja-Keffi Expressway, claiming yet-to-be ascertained number of lives. The late Friday incident was the third to be recorded in that vicinity. Two previous incidents with heavy casualties were witnessed there last year.

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