Radical Muslims in Nigeria violently attacked Christians in the small village of Kulben. There have been thirteen confirmed civilian deaths and three more injured in the ambush.
According to the Nigerian outlet PM News, radical Muslims who are members of the Muslim Fulani herdsmen extremist group are the ones who carried out the violent attack.
Police Public Relations Officer DSP Terna Tyopev said, “In the early hours of today, we received a distress call that gunmen, suspected to be herdsmen, attacked Kulben community of Kombun District of Mangu.”
“Immediately we received the information, the commissioner in charge of the command, Mr. Isaac Akinmoyede, directed the DCP in charge of Operations, Mr. Aliyu Tafida to mobilize to the scene,” he continued, “As I speak, our team of detectives and other officers are in the scene of the crime to prevent further attacks.”
Michael Mutding, a local resident, wrote about the attack: “They were shooting with guns in all directions, forcing the villagers to scamper into surrounding bushes,” he said. “Corpses of those killed have been evacuated by soldiers and police to the mortuary of Mangu Cottage Hospital; and all the victims are members of COCIN.”
According to The Guardian, an eyewitness claims that the attack was in retaliation to villagers stopping the heavily armed herdsmen from cattle rustling outside the village of Kerang.
“It was a tough battle between the youths and the rustlers. At the end, three of them were arrested and some of the cows recovered. The cows and the suspects were handed over to the Police in Kerang,” the eyewitness said.
The deadly attack prompted swift responses from Nigerian lawmakers.
Local representative Bala Fwengje said in a statement, “This attack on my people by these herdsmen comes as a rude shock to us, as efforts have been made by security agencies to curtail such incessant attacks on our people.” He added, “It is a sad thing that these attacks are still being carried out by the herdsmen on our people without provocation.”
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