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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Nine dead in latest attacks on Christians in Nigeria

At least nine people, including three children, have been killed in a series of attacks in Nigeria’s Plateau State.

Eye witnesses report that men dressed in military uniforms carried out targeted attacks on three homes at the Federal College of Land Resources in Kuru on February 10.

According to a report from Christian Solidarity Worldwide, gunmen entered the first home and shot dead Chube Job, his wife Susan and their young daughter Emmanuella.

In the next home, a man identified only as Gideon and another man identified only as Hosea were shot dead.

Gideon’s daughter, named only as Alice, said: “At about 7pm we heard gunshots and my father came out. We told him not to go out but he went out to call my brother, who was standing outside with another man [Hosea]. The men barged in, shouting, ‘Here he is, get him!’ And they shot them.”
Alice’s brother was shot in the neck during the attack and remains in hospital.

Gunmen proceeded to enter a third house, shooting one man who survived his injuries. The attackers also fired at the couple’s car and set a bus on fire.

Eye witnesses report that the attackers set the houses on fire with a blow torch and stole 30 cows belonging to Mr Job.

A second attack was launched two days later on Shekan village in Jos South, in which an elderly woman was beheaded and two of her grandchildren murdered. A man was killed in a further attack in the village by unknown assailants.

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