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Nigeria: Radical Muslims Kill 8 People after Student is Accused of Insulting Islam

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2016 Aug 25
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An angry mob of radical Muslims in Nigeria vandalized churches and ended up killing eight fellow Muslims after a Christian student was accused of blasphemy against Islam.

The Christian Post reports that the conflict began when a Christian student and a Muslim student got into an argument. The Christian student was accused of insulting Islam and was beaten nearly to death by radical Muslims.

The student was saved when another Christian student, as well as a sympathetic Muslim student, intervened.

However, the Muslim mob continued their spree of violence by vandalising churches and killing eight people.

"They went to ECWA Church, Living Church, and Anglican Church. They vandalized the Anglican Church pastorium, destroying electronics and other property. I heard they also burned down the home of the rescue volunteer Muslim man (who assisted the attacked Christian student to the hospital), trapping and killing eight persons inside who, sadly, happened to be Muslims also," said Anglican Bishop of Zamfara, Rev. John Danbinta.

Danbinta called security forces who stopped the mob from causing more destruction and death.

Nigeria has been wracked by violence perpetrated by Islamic extremists like the Boko Haram terrorist group and the radical Fulani herdsmen.

Troy Augustine, the regional manager for International Christian Concern, stated, "If Nigeria is to be considered advancing in human rights and religious freedom, the government must take concerted steps to curb such violence and prosecute the people responsible.”


Publication date: August 25, 2016