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Muslim youths hacked a Christian family of eight to death in Nigeria’s volatile Plateau state, continuing a week of religious violence, according to the British news service Reuters.

Over the last month, extremists have killed 24 Christians, reported the human rights group Compass Direct, which reported that attacks on August 11-15 in Ratsa Foron village left six Christians dead; on Aug. 14, in Chwelnyap, two were killed; on Aug. 15 in Heipang village, Muslim extremists killed ten Christians, including nine members of one family; and on Aug. 21, assaults in Kwi, Loton and Jwol villages resulted in the deaths of six more Christians.

Sources told Compass Direct that Nigerian army soldiers participated in some of the assaults “or at least accompanied the assailants.

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