NIGERIA: Terrorists Kill 23 in Three-Day String of Attacks

27 February 2024

Source: International Christian Concern

From 16 to 19 February, suspected Islamic terrorists killed 23 people, injured 10, kidnapped five, and set ablaze 28 houses across multiple villages in Nigeria. It is unknown if these are coordinated attacks or if the same terrorists are committing each attack in the area.

On Friday, 16 February, suspected Islamic terrorists invaded the Kwassam community in Kauru County of Benue State, burned six people alive, and kidnapped five others, including a well-known banker.

Then, in the early morning of 18 February, suspected Islamic terrorists killed 11 Christians and burned down 28 houses in Adama Dutse Village in Kaduna State. According to residents from the village who confirmed the attack, “The attackers were on many motorcycles, shouting ‘Allah Akbar’ [God is great].” The villagers were said to be sleeping when the terrorists launched the attack in the early morning hours.

“Police came seven hours after the attack to take photos and ask questions,” said Audu Tanko from Kajuru county. “There is tension now in my village. We are killed because of our faith in Jesus,” said Tanko.

A day later, in the late hours of 19 February, suspected terrorists attacked a Christian community in Katsina, the home state of former president, Mahamadu Buhari. The Nigeria Police confirmed six people were killed and 10 were injured during the attack. The terrorists stormed the village of Nasarawa in the Faskari county of Katsina State late Monday with heavy arms, including AK-47 rifles, said Abubakar Aliyu, the spokesperson for the Nigeria police in Katsina State, in a press statement.

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