Breaking: Priest shot, Students Scourged as Herdsmen Attack Seminary

In continuation of violence across the middle-belt region, two Catholic priests were beaten, one shot in the leg when gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen attacked a minor seminary in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.

Some students were injured and many cars and property destroyed in the attack which reportedly occurred on Monday morning.

Those injured are said to be receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, while it is not yet clear if people were killed from the attack.

This has been confirmed to Punch by the Director of Caritas Nigeria, an agency of the Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. Evaristus Bassey.

He said, “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.”

The repeated attacks by armed Fulani herdsmen have taken a new dimension since the turn of the year, as they now descend on places of worship and schools in what is now termed ‘ethnic cleansing’ by political watchers.

Nationwide protests have been held to force government’s hand in the killings, but the herdsmen have only been emboldened in their nefarious acts.

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