According to Reuters, the murderers were “machete attackers,” “raiders,” and “unknown assailants,” but then the rest of the story is about “religious violence” in Nigeria, making it likely to the point of certainty that Nuhu Dawat’s family was murdered by Islamic jihadists. But for Reuters, as for the rest of the mainstream media, Muslims are only identified as such when they are the victims, not when they’re the attackers. “Machete Attackers Kill Nigerian Priest’s Family,” from Reuters, July 17 (thanks to Bill):
JOS, Nigeria (Reuters) – Raiders armed with machetes killed the family of a Nigerian Christian priest and set fire to his church in central Plateau state Saturday, close to where hundreds have died in religious violence this year.
Residents said unknown assailants attacked the family of Rev. Nuhu Dawat in the early hours in the farming village of Mazah, around 12 km (7 miles) from the state capital of Jos, killing his wife, two children and grandson.
Dawat himself ran and hid when the attack occurred and was the sole survivor in his household. “I leave everything to God to judge,” a sobbing Dawat told Reuters.
At least four other people were also killed in the attack, a military spokesman said. A Reuters witness said many of the bodies were slashed with what appeared to be machete blows and one was burned beyond recognition….
Over the past decade, thousands of people have died in religious and ethnic violence in the “Middle Belt” of central Nigeria, where the Muslim north meets the predominantly Christian south.
The tension is rooted in decades of resentment between indigenous groups, mostly Christian or animist, who are vying for control of fertile farmlands and for economic and political power with migrants and settlers from the north.
That those “migrants and settlers” are Islamic supremacists is, of course, glossed over.
President Goodluck Jonathan has said ensuring peace and stability is a priority….
Good luck, Jonathan.