(Open Doors USA) — The death toll in Nigeria’s Benue State continues to rise. Over the last week, Christians have been massacred in what has turned into a spree of violence by Muslim Fulani militant herdsmen.
Only a day after Fulani militants stormed a church service in the Christian village of Mbalom, killing 19 worshippers and razing more than 60 houses, the group mounted yet another onfall of violence in four predominantly Christian communities. The attacks have left at least 39 Christians dead.
The violence has Christian churches and organizations crying out in outrage over the continued slaughter of Christians. Since 2001, an estimated 60,000-plus Christians have been killed in Fulani violence in northern Nigeria (#14 on the World Watch List). In this year alone, deaths of Christians number at least 560.
Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari faces growing unrest as Christians voice their grief and outrage over continued Fulani attacks, despite Buhari’s previous pledge to eradicate terrorism in Africa’s most populous country.