Monday, March 08, 2010

500 Christians Hacked To Death

Watch closely now. Watch for all the major networks and cable news stations to jump all over this story. The New York Times and the Washington Post and the rest should be running front page coverage of this massacre by tomorrow right?

Go and wait.

Just don't hold you breath while you wait.

Appeals for calm after Nigerian sectarian slaughter

JOS, Nigeria (AFP) – UN chief Ban Ki-moon appealed Monday for "maximum restraint" amid revulsion at the slaughter of more than 500 Christians in Nigeria, as survivors told how the killers chopped down their victims.

Funerals took place for victims of the three-hour orgy of violence on Sunday in three Christian villages close to the northern city of Jos, blamed on members of the mainly Muslim Fulani ethnic group.

While troops were deployed to the villages to prevent new attacks, security forces detained 95 suspects but faced bitter criticism over how the killers were able to go on the rampage at a time when a curfew was meant to be in force.

Media reported that Muslim residents of the villages in Plateau state had been warned by phone text message, two days prior to the attack, so they could make good their escape before the exit points were sealed off.

Survivors said the attackers were able to separate the Fulanis from members of the rival Berom group by chanting 'nagge', the Fulani word for cattle. Those who failed to respond in the same language were hacked to death.

One local paper said the gangs shouted Allah Akhbar before breaking into homes and setting them alight in the early hours of Sunday. Churches were among the buildings that were burned down.

The Vatican led a wave of outrage with spokesman Federico Lombardi expressing the Catholic Church's "sadness" at the "horrible acts of violence".

Ban told reporters he was "deeply concerned".

"I appeal to all concerned to exercise maximum restraint," he said.


Anonymous said...

NYT, Page A4 -

And as of this moment, it's on the front page of the Washington Post's web edition.

Locutisprime said...

There is nothing on the Washington Post that I can find.