|Muslim extremists gutted building of 85-member|
church in Dengi, in Nigeria’s Plateau state.
(Photo Compass Direct)
The Rev. Ishaku Danyok of the church told Compass that the April 29 incident occurred after Muslims approached Christian music shop owner Gabriel Kiwase and told him that his music was disturbing them as they said their prayers.
The young Christian man switched off the music. The Muslims left, only to return about 20 minutes later to burn down the music shop and then burn down houses belonging to some Christians in the town.
The pastor of the church of 85 members told Compass that their building, his own home and the property of five other Christians in the town were damaged in the hour-long attack.
As a result of the destruction, most members of his church have fled the town.
Dengi town is predominantly Muslim, with Christians making up less than 10 percent of its population.
According to Christian leaders in the town, the assault on Christians was premeditated and well-planned.
Danyok said he believes that God has allowed such attacks on Christians in the town for a purpose that will glorify Him. “We believe that God wants to strengthen us through these incidents,” he said.
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