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Nearly 20 Christians killed in Fulani attack

Since the 11th of April, Tior-Tyu, normally a bustleing community within Nigeria’s Benue state, has been described as a “ghost town”, following an attack by men suspected to be Fulani militants.

International Christian Concern reported the following:

Giving a brief analysis of what happened, a witness by name T.U. said, “At about 11:00pm in the night, we heard gunshots and before we could know what was happening, we were surrounded, and people started running for escape routes. The attackers were many, they were dropped at strategic places.

By the next day we counted 14 dead bodies. We have not yet ascertained the exact number of people because we are still discovering dead bodies in the bushes. People have run to neighboring towns like Wannune, Gboko and Makurdi.”

A youth ambassador for the community, E.T., also narrated the incident:

“We heard gunshots the night before the unfortunate incident, and the next day, the youth leader delegated some youths to go into the bushes to check what happened, as we went into the bushes, we saw suspicious traces and came back to report it to the Local Government Chairman and our traditional ruler. Before measures could be taken, that very night, the Fulani came in trucks and launched a massive attack on us.

We recovered 14 dead bodies, as I am talking to you, yesterday which is 13th April, we discovered 3 more dead bodies totaling 17 and I fear there will be more in the bush as the search is still on.

This attack was not envisaged at all because we live as a peaceful Christian community and have never expected any attack from anyone most especially from the Fulanis. We were not prepared for such at all. Many people ran leaving their farms and means of livelihood. If not for the presence of the security personnel here, you will not have seen anybody here for fear of the unknown.

Women and children were also brutally killed and a fast a burial arrangement was made for them because of how gory it was.

We therefore call on good hearted people to come to our aid. At this moment, any assistance will be appreciated as we foresee hunger and hardship ahead”.

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