"These attacks are another attempt to reintroduce the era of violence and crises that have been largely contained thanks to the government's huge investment in security, peacebuilding and reconciliation."
In Plateau State, Nigeria, predominantly Christian villages have been attacked by Fulani herders. Eleven communities in Jos South, Riyom, Barkin-Ladi, Mangu and Bokkos counties suffered attacks for 11 days, until Wednesday April 26.
Three Christians were shot and wounded on April 26 while working on their farms in the village of Darwat. Dalyop Solomon Mwamtiri, a lawyer at the Empowerment Center for Crisis Victims in Nigeria (ECCVN), explained in a press release that "the attackers were identified by the Christian victims as Fulani terrorists".
Gwong Dachollom, pastor of the Church of Christ in the Nations, was attacked with a machete on April 24 while riding a motorcycle. Wounded, he was treated in a Christian hospital. His vital prognosis is engaged, according to the words of a resident of the region, Rwang Tengwong.
Other attacks bring the total death toll to 18.
“In Wereng,” says Rwang Tengwong, “a household was attacked, leaving one family member dead, and a second family member was ambushed on his way to Kwi community.
In Tapo, nine Christians were ambushed by terrorists as they were returning from another village. Four of them were killed, while five of them escaped with injuries."
Makut Macham, spokesperson for the Governor's office in Plateau State, said: "These attacks are yet another attempt to reinstate the era of violence and crises that have been largely contained thanks to the government's huge investment in security, peacebuilding and reconciliation".
“While sympathizing with those who lost their lives and property, the Governor directed the Peacebuilding Agency and the State Emergency Management Agency to immediately reach out to the victims with a support."
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