A teenage girl, a church pastor, and a father of nine children were among 11 Christians murdered by Muslim Fulani herdsmen this week in southern Kaduna state, according to local sources.
Herdsman attacked Unguwan Gankon village on Tuesday, killing 16-year-old Takama Paul and 30-year-old Kefas Malachy Bobai.
"Armed Fulani militia invaded Unguwan Gankon village in Gora Ward, Zangon Kataf LGA, and killed two persons and burned seven houses," Luka Binniyat of the Southern Kaduna People's Union said in a press statement. "Wary neighbors, however, came to the rescue, and the murderers fled."
On Monday in Kajuru County, Fulani herdsmen also killed 48-year-old Bulus Joseph, a Christian farmer and father of nine. His wife and three of his children survived the attack, Binniyat reported.
"Bulus Joseph was murdered gruesomely on his farm... by armed Fulani militia," Binniyat said. "He stood up to the killers so that his wife and three children could escape, which they did. But he paid the price with his life, as he was sub-humanly butchered by the cold-blooded murderers."
Four other Christians were killed during an attack on a vehicle Sunday, including the Rev. Adalchi Usman, a pastor of an ECWA congregation in Unguwan Madaki village in Kajuru County.
"Pastor Adalchi Usman, 39, and a father of two, was ambushed while in a commercial vehicle he had boarded with three others," Binniyat said. "The killers came from the bush and just started shooting at the car."
Christians Mariah Na'Allah of Unguwan Madaki village, Shekari of Unguwan Ali, and Ezekiel Maikasa of Gadanaji in Kajuru County were also slain.
A resident of Abashiya village in Kaduna state's Kachia County told Morning Star News that the dead body of Godwin Jonathan Bakoshi, a Christian who was kidnapped on July 29, was recovered on Monday.