Islamic mob burns down house of fellow Muslim, kill 8, because he helped Christian student

A kindhearted Muslim man volunteered to help a Christian student who was mobbed for alleged blasphemy in Zamfara State, Nigeria. Radical Muslims ran amok and set the man's home on fire, killing eight people.

Security officials assess the scene of violence in this photo. | Reuters/Stringer

The anger of the Muslims led to a riot in the Abdu Gusau Polytechnic in Talata-Mafara, Zamfara State, a local church leader said to International Christian Concern (ICC). The radical mob of Muslim students destroyed Christian campus offices, after which they proceeded to wreak havoc in the town proper.

"When I heard this from my pastor and one of my members, I immediately called some security officials because the radicals went on rampage in town," said Rev. John Danbinta, Anglican Bishop of Zamfara, in an interview with ICC.

He relayed that the mob then burned down the home of the Muslim who volunteered to take the assaulted Christian to the hospital. The eight victims ravaged by the fire were all Muslims, Danbinta said.

The Muslim man, identified only as Tajudeen, and his wife were reportedly not among the victims.

Bishop Danbinta continued his account and said, "They went to ECWA Church, Living Church, and Anglican Church. They vandalized the Anglican Church pastorium, destroying electronics and other property. Things would have been worse but for the intervention of security agencies."

The chain of events started on Aug. 21, when a discussion between a Christian student and a Muslim student turned into a heated argument.

A violent mob of Muslim students assaulted the Christian and nearly beat him to death. Witnesses heard the mob accusing him of insulting the prophet Muhammad and saying that he deserved to die because of blasphemy.

Northern Nigeria has a long history of radical Muslims attacking Christians for alleged blasphemy. In a series of tweets, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed his anguish over the violence and promised that justice will be served.