Christians are attacking Muslims in northern Nigeria in revenge for allegedly backing the Boko Haram militant group. The Nigerian government recently reclaimed some northern territories from Boko Haram, but some Muslim residents said they were afraid to return home because of harassment from their Christian neighbors, according to media reports.
One Muslim said a friend’s wife was found floating in a river with her hands tied behind her back after she tried to hike through a Christian district. Salihi Ateequ, a member of the Adamawa State Muslim Council, said his sister was carrying an infant on her back when she was ambushed by Christians. Both were hacked to death.
“The Christians … believe the Muslims invited Boko Haram to come and kill them,” Ateequ said. “So now it’s vengeance and every Muslim is a target.”