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Update: Death toll rises to 168 –Massacre of Christians in North Nigeria (Gwoza)

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By Our Nigerian Foreign Correspondent

(Voice of the Persecuted) The death toll in the bloody attack on the Christian community continues to rise this morning. As of 4th June 2014, a reliable source who went to Attagara reconfirmed the number of casualties stating that an additional 88 bodies were found, bringing the total to 168 casualties. “I counted the corpses with my hands”, he said. Most of them were children and youths.

Another source gave some information on the figures.

  • 52 people died at the church compound.
  • 48 in the nearby village, Aganjara.
  • 29 were found death in a cave after the insurgents trapped and opened fire on them.
  • 3 were roasted in a fire.
  • 36 were slain with a knife and thrown on the street.

“The attack was so terrible that the actual figure could yet be determined,” he said.

A woman who witnessed the slaughter of her 9 year old son, wailed as she spoke to our correspondent by phone describing the terror. They drug her son and slew him. They then grabbed for her younger child who is still nursing, intending to slaughter the innocent. She gripped the insurgents and was able to escape with her baby. “I ran for over 40 kilometers. Only God knows the people that were killed,” said the woman.

A elderly Christian man faced the Boko Haram and died as martyr when the insurgents slashed his body part by part with a sword. He had bravely told them,

“IF YOU DON’T REPENT OF KILLING INNOCENT CHRISTIANS THAT BELIEVE IN JESUS, THEIR BLOOD WILL JUDGE YOU.”

This statement provoked the insurgents and they beheaded the 80 year old man, a witness said.

It was gathered that more people were still missing and many of the dead had not yet been retrieved from the hills and nearby bush. “I don’t know how to explain this tragedy,” a Pastor lamented. “We just found 2 children lying dead in the toilet.” A Community leader who demanded anonymity, confirmed that so many corpses were seen without heads. Many are still in hills and backyards,” he noted.

Very early this morning, the insurgents were seen headed towards Jubrili village with over 400 goats and sheep, 50 cows and valuable items they had looted from the Christians. 10 of them were seen carrying AK 47’s and  moving the animals, a witness said. “Go there, you will see them,” he told our correspondent. “They would never crossed to Cameroon because the border is being well guarded. But they were trying to move the animals to Sambisa, because our security would never be there,” he added.

More details tomorrow…..

Note: Soldiers are claiming they could not go to the areas because they did not receive orders from their command headquarters. We ask, “Why not?

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