Gunmen suspected of being Fulani herdsmen have burned a pastor and his family alive and razed as many as 95 homes in an attack on a village in the Plateau State of Nigeria.
The Rev. Adamu Gyang Wurim, his wife and three children were murdered in the attack that took place in the Barkin Ladi local government area. The perpetrators are also said to have burned down Wurim’s church, according to Daily Post Nigeria.
Wurim is a priest with the Church of Christ in Nations denomination and pastored a church in the Abonong village in Foron District. The Nigerian news outlet notes that the pastor and his family were killed while they were taking refuge in their home during the attack. The suspected gunmen killed them by setting their house on fire.
As many as three other people were killed during the attack, according to Peter Gyendeng, a lawmaker representing the area in the state legislature.
“There were attacks in my constituency by suspected Fulani herdsmen killing eight persons including a pastor and his wife and three children burned down in Abonong village and also one person killed in Dorowa while two still missing,” Gyendeng was quoted as saying.
Isaac Choji, an eye witness of the attack, told the Nigerian daily newspaper The Nation that gunmen came in large numbers and surrounded the pastor’s home.
After setting the pastor’s home and other buildings on fire, Choji said, the gunmen waited to ensure that no survivors would escape the engulfed homes. The witness said that a female neighbor was also shot by the gunmen. She was injured and taken to a nearby hospital.
The Nation reports that Wurim and his family have all been buried in the same grave by church members and relatives.
Thomas Tsok, chairman of the Foron branch of the Berom Youth Movement, told The Guardian that the attackers were armed with machetes and AK-47 assault rifles. They were said to have invaded the pastor’s village at around 8 p.m. and fired their weapons sporadically.
“They first shot at two young men walking out of the village where they had gone to charge their phones in the pastor’s house, killing one and wounding the other,” Tsok was quoted as saying.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith