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Herdsmen shoot Catholic priest in brazen attack at Jos Seminary school

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Suspected herdsmen broke into a Catholic Seminary in Taraba state, shot a priest and injured many before fleeing the scene.

Evaristus Bassey, director of Caritas Nigeria, an agency of the Catholic Church, confirmed this to TheCable.

“Please Frs, pray for us. Our minor seminary in Jalingo has just been attacked by the Fulani, some students are injured, some cars destroyed, two priests beaten and one shot on the leg. They are currently receiving treatment at FMC, said Rev. Fr. Evaristus Bassey, in a WhatsApp message to the Punch correspondent.

“Christian believers experience discrimination and exclusion, and violence from militant Islamic groups, resulting in the loss of property, land, livelihood, physical injury or death; this is spreading southwards, said Open Doors recently.

Armed gangs wiped out 15 villages in a mass slaughter in February.

New wave of attacks has seen dozens killed in Christian communities across the country.

In Adamawa state, a Christian student was killed, and others injured, in an attack by Muslim students at the Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTECH) of Yola, the state capital, on 4 February.

A local source, who wanted to remain anonymous, said that the incident started around 7pm, as some students were in their classes, revising ahead of their exams scheduled the following day.

Other students were holding their fellowships in various places across the campus, when suddenly, a mob of fellow students, armed with sticks and machetes and chanting “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is the greatest), stormed the classrooms.

Christian students in one of the lecture theatres (Lecture Room LT2) were forced to flee after their room was set ablaze. They ran immediately to a Catholic church (still on the campus), where other students were having their fellowship, to prevent the assailants from attacking and setting it on fire.

Other students who were having their fellowship in another church, the Trinity Chapel (also on the campus), had to come out immediately to help.

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