Thursday, March 17, 2016

Fulani herdsmen kill 300 Nigerian Christians

Muslim Fulani herdsmen, believed to be buoyed by Boko Haram insurgents posing as the nomadic cattlemen, continue to occupy farmland in Benue state, Nigeria, two weeks after killing more than 300 Christian farmers there in a longstanding land dispute.

Heavily armed Fulani herdsmen massacred the farmers and displaced thousands of others in an onslaught of attacks that began as early as Feb. 22 and, despite some reports that the assailants have retreated, the herdsmen have remained in Benue as thousands of their cattle eat crops and graze cultivated land, Morning Star News reported March 11.

According to the Senate of Nigeria, the marauders included Boko Haram insurgents posing as Fulani in a tactical maneuver to intensify attacks against Christians while evading detection, the Lagos news service Information Nigeria reported.

The victims are members of the Agatu tribe, a group of about

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