Suspected Fulani militants have killed 12 people during a raid on Peigyim village in Kaduna State in Nigeria’s Middle Belt.

The attack happened during heavy rain on the evening of Sunday September 12, and came less than 24 hours after the murder of Pastor Silas Yakubu Ali, in the same locality. Pastor Silas was returning from visiting his son late on Saturday afternoon when he was ambushed and killed by unidentified assailants.

A spokesperson for the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, Luka Binniyat, confirmed that eleven people from the community had been killed in the attack, adding, “They also killed another man in Atakshusho village about three kilometres from the initial scene of crime as they were retreating to make an escape.”

Fulani (Muslim) militants have launched previous attacks on Christian communities in the area three times previously in the past year.

One witness said, “They (the attackers) came while it was raining and divided themselves into groups. They targeted specific houses and when done, they left immediately.”

Barnabas Fund