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Two Nigerian priests and 17 worshippers were buried on Tuesday, nearly a month after an attack on their church, as Catholics took to the streets calling for an end to a spiral of violence

Catholic Nuns sit at the gravesides of 17 worshippers and two priests, who were allegedly killed by Fulani herdsmen, during a funeral service at Ayati-Ikpayongo in Gwer East district of Benue State, north-central Nigeria on May 22, 2018.
Two Nigerian priests and 17 worshippers have been buried, nearly a month after an attack on their church, as Catholics took to the streets calling for an end to a spiral of violence. White coffins containing the bodies of the clergymen and the members of their congregation were laid to rest in central Benue state, which has been hit by a wave of deadly unrest. / AFP PHOTO

 

Catholic Nuns sit at the gravesides of 17 worshippers and two priests, who were allegedly killed by Fulani herdsmen, during a funeral service at Ayati-Ikpayongo in Gwer East district of Benue State, north-central Nigeria on May 22, 2018.
Two Nigerian priests and 17 worshippers have been buried, nearly a month after an attack on their church, as Catholics took to the streets calling for an end to a spiral of violence. White coffins containing the bodies of the clergymen and the members of their congregation were laid to rest in central Benue state, which has been hit by a wave of deadly unrest. / AFP PHOTO

Coffins of 17 worshippers and two priests, who were allegedly killed by Fulani herdsmen stand during a funeral service at Ayati-Ikpayongo in Gwer East district of Benue State, north-central Nigeria on May 22, 2018.
Two Nigerian priests and 17 worshippers have been buried, nearly a month after an attack on their church, as Catholics took to the streets calling for an end to a spiral of violence. White coffins containing the bodies of the clergymen and the members of their congregation were laid to rest in central Benue state, which has been hit by a wave of deadly unrest. / AFP PHOTO /
Graves of 17 worshippers and two priests, who were allegedly killed by Fulani herdsmen are watched by onlookers during a funeral service at Ayati-Ikpayongo in Gwer East district of Benue State, north-central Nigeria on May 22, 2018.
Two Nigerian priests and 17 worshippers have been buried, nearly a month after an attack on their church, as Catholics took to the streets calling for an end to a spiral of violence. White coffins containing the bodies of the clergymen and the members of their congregation were laid to rest in central Benue state, which has been hit by a wave of deadly unrest. / AFP PHOTO /
Relatives cry as they mourn during a funeral service for 17 worshippers and two priests, who were allegedly killed by Fulani herdsmen, at Ayati-Ikpayongo in Gwer East district of Benue State, north-central Nigeria on May 22, 2018.
Two Nigerian priests and 17 worshippers have been buried, nearly a month after an attack on their church, as Catholics took to the streets calling for an end to a spiral of violence. White coffins containing the bodies of the clergymen and the members of their congregation were laid to rest in central Benue state, which has been hit by a wave of deadly unrest. / AFP PHOTO
Clergymen prepare to bury 17 worshippers and two priests, who were allegedly killed by Fulani herdsmen, at Ayati-Ikpayongo in Gwer East district of Benue State, north-central Nigeria on May 22, 2018.

Coffins are carried during a funeral service for 17 worshippers and two priests, who were allegedly killed by Fulani herdsmen, at Ayati-Ikpayongo in Gwer East district of Benue State, north-central Nigeria on May 22, 2018.

A policeman stands next to a barrier installed to stop protesters from gaining the entrance of the government house during a solidarity march by Catholics to protest agains violent attacks across the country in Lagos, on May 22, 2018.
Catholic churches in Nigeria held solidarity rally across the country to prortest against a church attack in Benue state that killed at least 18, including two Roman Catholic priests. / AFP PHOTO / P
People march and carry banners to protest against violent attacks across the country in Lagos, on May 22, 2018.
Catholic churches in Nigeria held solidarity rally across the country to prortest against a church attack in Benue state that killed at least 18, including two Roman Catholic priests. / AFP PHOTO /
People march and carry banners to protest against violent attacks across the country in Lagos, on May 22, 2018.
Catholic churches in Nigeria held solidarity rally across the country to prortest against a church attack in Benue state that killed at least 18, including two Roman Catholic priests. / AFP PHOTO /
People march and carry banners to protest against violent attacks across the country in Lagos, on May 22, 2018.
Catholic churches in Nigeria held solidarity rally across the country to prortest against a church attack in Benue state that killed at least 18, including two Roman Catholic priests. / AFP PHOTO /

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