JOS, Nigeria – Men armed with rifles and machetes killed 19 people in attacks on three villages in volatile central Nigeria, authorities said Tuesday.
Three homes were attacked in the Christian village of Kuru Station about 18 miles (30 kilometers) from the central Nigerian city of Jos, a flashpoint of religious tension between Christians and Muslims, a community leader said.
“It was a very terrible scene, a very pathetic scene,” Riyom local government chairman Simon Mwaekwom told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
He said villagers told him armed men woke up the houses’ occupants around midnight with gunshots and forced them out before setting their homes ablaze and attacking them with machetes. In total, 19 people, including women and children, died in the assaults and at least three others were injured, police say.
“Those that escaped said they saw military men; the military men were shooting and the other people burning the houses and macheteing the villagers,” Mwaekwom said.
He said the villagers claimed to have picked up two identification cards left behind by military attackers, but the military disputed their claim and said villagers attacked the soldiers in retaliation.
Source: Yahoo News
The acts of violence against God’s people is increasing. These men who murder men, women and children with such savagery have cold hearts. I have seen videos of dead children from a Nigerian Christian village, where they were slaughtered as if they were nothing. And it will get much worse.
2 Timothy 3: 12
Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
As a believer in Jesus Christ, we must pray for these persecuted Christians. And we must be ready ourselves for the bible tells us do not fear what can harm our body, but fear what can harm our soul.
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
No matter what comes your way, we must hold on to Jesus Christ. For He alone, is our Savior.
2 Corinthians 4:8-11
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
Written by: Gloria