Nigeria church attack leaves 19 dead, including two priests
At least 19 people including two priests were killed on Tuesday after gunmen opened fire at a church in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, police confirmed.
The armed men were believed to be cattle herders. They stormed a Catholic church during early morning Mass on Tuesday in a remote village in Benue state.
“The herdsmen burnt nearly 50 houses during the attack and sacked the entire community, ” Akase told reports. “We expect arrests to be made because they (attackers) are becoming more brazen,” he added.
According to Akase, 10 residents were killed by armed men a few days before Tuesday’s attack.
Violent clashes between the Fulani herdsmen, who are mostly Muslims, and farmers, who are predominantly Christians, in the central state dates to 2013, according to local media reports.
Cattle herders have evicted farmers by initiating deadly attacks in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, media reports say.
“We call on all humane persons and groups around the world to come to the aid of our farming and worship communities and end these terror attacks across Nigeria and especially in Benue, our food basket, which also threatens our collective food security,” the Benue Valley Professional Network said in a statement.