Pregnant Mother-of-Two Among Christians Murdered by Fulani Militants in Nigeria as Attacks Escalate

Protesters gather during a demonstration against Fulani herdsmen killings, in Abuja, Nigeria March 16, 2017. | (Photo: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

A pregnant mother-of-two was among the Christians murdered by Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria as attacks targeting followers of Christ continue to escalate in the West African country’s Middle Belt.

Margaret Wakili, a 27-year-old member of the Baptist Church in Ancha village, Plateau state, was murdered by the Islamic extremists on July 15 while at her farm, according to Morning Star News.

The attackers launched an assault on the villages of Ancha, Tafigana, Kperie, Hukke and Rikwechongu, killing the three believers and burning down around 75 houses.

Two more Christians — Thomas Wollo, 46, and his son, Ngwe Thomas Wollo, 7 — were murdered in Tafigana village, Bassa County, according to a local resident. Herdsmen reportedly beheaded the elder Wallo after killing him.

“Both of them were ambushed and killed in Tafigana village as they were returning to their home after attending a church program at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Tafigana, at about 8:30 pm,” she said.

Another resident, Lawrence, said that attacks are being increasingly frequent, particularly on Sundays, when church services are held.

“We have been experiencing daily attacks by these Fulani herdsmen in our communities, most especially on Sundays during worship hours or Thursdays when church activities are held,” he explained. “The herdsmen destroyed farm produce worth millions of naira, and a lot of domestic animals were killed in the two villages.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett