Over 100 Dead After Attack on Nigerian Christian Communities

An attack from a Islamic group left 107 Christian Nigerians dead in the town of Jos, Nigeria, early Sunday morning, reported CNN.

Attackers from the Islamic Hausa-Fulani ethnic group assailed the predominantly Christian town of the Derom ethnic group around 3 a.m., using gunfire to bring the citizens out of their homes, only to strike the frightened victims with machetes. The attackers also burned down the houses of the town.

According to the BBC, most of the victims were women, children, and the elderly who were not quick enough to escape the attackers.

The BBC also reported that acting President Goodluck Jonathon has put Nigeria's armed forces on high alert to prevent more violence and the trafficking of weapons in the plateau region of Jos.

This is not the first of ethno-religious clashes in the region in recent years. CNN reported that 150 Muslims were killed in a town south of Jos in January, and over 700 in a Muslim-Christian riot in November of 2008.

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with about 250 to 400 different ethnic groups residing within its borders. The population is almost evenly divided between Islam and Christianity.

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