Nigeria Christians Ask for Prayer after New Attacks

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Christians in central Nigeria are appealing for prayer after a new round of violence left as many as 80 people dead and more than 4,000 others displaced during the Easter season.

At least 19 people were killed this week when gunmen attacked the mostly Christian Atakar ethnic group in the Kaura district, located in a remote area of Kaduna state.

Officials suspect the attackers were Muslim Fulanis.

"There has been some misunderstanding between the Fulani and the Atakar communities for some time," Kaduna state police commissioner Olufemi Adenaike said. "We have dispatched our men for a thorough assessment of the situation."

"We request prayers for and extend our condolences to the families of all those who lost their lives during the tragic events of last week," Rev. Yunusa Nmadu, chief executive officer of Christian Solidarity Worldwide-Nigeria, said.

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