Nigerian Christians saved when Muslim imam hid them from Fulani attackers

Jul 4, 2018 by

from Barnabas Fund:

A group of 262 Christian farmers fleeing a murderous attack by Muslim Fulani herdsmen were saved when they were given shelter by an imam(leader of a mosque or Muslim community).

The village, in the Barkin Local Government Area in Plateau State, was attacked by around 300 armed men, reportedly Fulani cattle herders, on Sunday 24 June. The gang opened fire killing scores of Christians and set fire to people’s homes and the local church.

Some Christian families escaped from the gunmen to a mainly Muslim village nearby. A local imam took in around 262 people, hiding women and children in his home, and taking the men to the mosque.

The armed attackers stormed into the village in pursuit of the Christians, confronting the imam and threatening to burn down his house and mosque. The imam refused to allow the gunmen in, insisting everyone inside was Muslim. Other villagers joined him in pleading with the Fulani until they left the area.

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