Nathan R. Jessup

[Breaking News] Nigeria: 300 Christians Killed With Machetes

In Breaking News, national security, Religion, terrorism, War, World News on March 8, 2010 at 12:40 am

Gateway Pundit has the story:

Nigerian Muslim herders attacked Christian villages with machetes at 3 in the morning. The Muslims hacked the Christians as they fled out of their homes. Up to 300 are feared dead.

File photo shows workers closing mass graves in Jos in central Nigeria where dozens of people killed during violent religious clashes near the city have been buried. Security forces in the country have been placed on red alert after a new outburst of sectarian violence left at least 100 people dead, mainly women and children, as machete wielding gangs burned down villages. (AFP/Pius Utomi Ekpei)

Reuters reported:

Nigeria’s acting president Sunday ordered the security forces to hunt down those behind clashes involving Muslim herders and Christian villagers in which more than 300 people may have been killed.

The latest unrest in Nigeria’s central Plateau state comes at a difficult time, with acting leader Goodluck Jonathan trying to assert his authority while ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua remains too sick to govern the oil-producing nation.

Villagers in Dogo Nahawa, just south of the state capital Jos, said Hausa-Fulani herders from surrounding hills attacked at about 3 a.m. (10 p.m. EST), shooting into the air before cutting those who came out of their homes with machetes.

A Red Cross official said at least two other nearby communities were also targeted, in an area close to where sectarian clashes killed hundreds of people in January, but that it was too early to give an overall death toll.

A Reuters witness counted more than 120 bodies — most lying in Dogo Nahawa, others taken to mortuaries in Jos — but Plateau State Commissioner for Information Gregory Yenlong said more than 300 people, including women and children, had died.

The Nigerian Guardian has more on the attacks:

“The attack, yet another jihad and provocation of the Christians, started at about 1.30 a.m. last night. We are in touch with the survivors though many of them are still in trauma.

“Dogo Nahawa is a Christian community. The eye-witnesses say the Hausa-Fulani Muslim militants came chanting ‘Allahukabar’ and broke into homes, cutting human beings, including children and women with their knives and cutlasses.


Victims of the latest disturbance in Jos (The Sun)

UPDATE: The Sun reporting “no fewer than 500 dead”

UPDATE: Gateway Pundit has new information

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  1. It’s quiet unfortunate dat nigeria is hexed wt d presenc of thoz barbarians, blood thirsty savages& hoples vampires who cal demselvs muslims. Why cnt thez fools& cowards gv peace a chance& alow plateau 2 grow? Our security forces shuld drop evry ethnic or religious bias& deal ruthlesly wt thez imbeciles& disgusting bigots who hav NOTHING 2 contribute 2 national growth. Let’s stop dis madnes b4 it givs rise 2 a conflagration of madnes!

  2. Goodluck should be given a free hand to hunt down this people.i advice him to make use of the military men than the police cos they re corrupt

  3. I think one of these people we call muslim or Hausa/Fulani should be captured and have scientific experiment conducted on them to see if actually they are human beings like the rest of us in other parts of Nigeria.

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