Islamic Fulani herdsmen killed 10 people over the weekend when they attacked the Christian village of Kwayine in Adamawa State, northern Nigeria.
On Jan. 7, Muslim Fulani militants attacked the Christian village at around 2 pm and drove the residents away. The herdsmen also torched down their houses, International Christian Concern details.
"They came upon us suddenly, chased us off, scattered us and burnt our houses. We fled. I barely escaped with my life," said one villager. "Only God knows where some of our people are now. We don't know what we did to them."
The attack in the Christian village left four civilians and six police officers dead. The violence occurred despite authorities' assurance that Kwayine was protected.
In the wake of the attack, the Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Adamawa State released a statement accusing authorities of failing to protect the people from such violent incidents. The group emphasized that it is the responsibility of the Law Enforcement Agencies and Intelligence Units to maintain peace, protect people and properties and obtain information on such attacks.
"They have failed to protect the Demsa Communities," said CAN chairman Ajine Delo.
On Sunday, a national day of mourning was held for the Christians who died in the hands of Muslim Fulani herdsmen. CAN condemned the spate of killings and said they were part of the Islamic group's alleged ethnic and religious cleansing, Christian Today relays.
Meanwhile, the conflict between the Fulani herdsmen and the farmers in Nigeria continue to heat up as the drought in the area worsens. The Islamic herdsmen, who have been accused of trespassing on farmlands to feed their cattle, have grown more desperate as they continue to compete for land, The Guardian reports.
Most of the people in Adamawa rely on agriculture for income and food. However, the intensifying crisis brought by the Fulani herdsmen attack has pushed some farmers to burn their land after the harvest just to prevent the cattlemen from grazing on it even though the practice damages the soil.