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A Nigerian Imam, Abubakar Abdullahi, who saved 262 Christians from killer herdsmen by hiding them in his mosque and home, has been honoured by the US government.

Imam Abubakar Abdullahi aged 83 received the International Religious Freedom Award alongside four others from Cyprus, Sudan, Brazil and Iraq.

The Imam saved the Christians in Barkin Ladi area of Plateau state in central Nigeria who were running away from the killers.

More than 80 others were killed in the attack that targeted Christians in the area, and the number could have been more without the intervention of the imam.

The imam told the BBC he wanted to help because more than 40 years ago Christians in the area allowed Muslims to build the mosque.

At the event which had US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo present, Imam Abdullahi was said to have “selflessly risked his own life to save members of another religious community.

The imam had previously received a “handshake and national honour” from Nigerian President Muhamadu Buhari.

SourceBBC NEWS

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