Gunmen suspected of being Fulani herdsmen have burned a pastor and his family alive and razed as many as 95 homes in an attack on a village in the Plateau State of Nigeria on 28 August.

The Rev Adamu Gyang Wurim, his wife and three children were murdered in the attack that took place in the Barkin Ladi local government area. The perpetrators are also said to have burned down Wurim’s church, according to Daily Post Nigeria.

Wurim was a priest with the Church of Christ in Nations denomination and pastored a church in the Abonong village in Foron District. The Nigerian news outlet notes that the pastor and his family were killed while they were taking refuge in their home during the attack. The suspected gunmen killed them by setting their house on fire.

As many as three other people were killed during the attack, according to Peter Gyendeng, a lawmaker representing the area in the state legislature.

Isaac Choji, an eye witness of the attack, told a Nigerian newspaper that gunmen came in large numbers and surrounded the pastor’s home.

After setting the pastor’s home and other buildings on fire, Choji said, the gunmen waited to ensure that no survivors would escape the engulfed homes. The witness said that a female neighbour was also shot by the gunmen. She was injured and taken to a nearby hospital.

Thousands of Christians have been killed in the last year and many other believers have lost their churches and homes.

Last month, the Christian Association of Nigeria and church denominational heads in Plateau State declared that “over 6,000 persons, mostly children, women and the aged have been maimed and killed in night raids by armed Fulani herdsmen” in 2018.

Sources: The Christian Post, International Christian Concern

  • Ask the Lord to bring comfort to those mourning the loss of loved ones. Pray He will help them overcome the shock and fear resulting from the violence.
  • Ask God to aid and provide for those who have lost homes, possessions and livelihoods.
  • Pray the Holy Spirit may be at work in Fulani communities to bring conviction, repentance and radical transformation.
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