Radical Islamic militants massacred peaceful Christians in a community in central Nigeria — including men, women, and children — in the middle of the night, in an apparent reprisal attack that targeted the wrong village.

On Friday, September 8th, during the midnight hours, a group of Islamic terrorists believed to be associated with Muslim Fulani herdsmen, attacked locals in the central Plateau state as revenge for the death of a boy near Ancha village, Miango District in the Bassa Local Government Area, the Morning Star News reports.

The Islamic terrorists attacked a village at least three miles away from where the child’s body was found, however.

John Bulus, a staffer at the Salama Baptist Church-Ancha, and member of the village, explained that his church lost nineteen members in the attack, which has left locals mystified and confused. “The village where they claim one of them was killed over a year ago is not part of our village,” he told reporters. “We have never had any misunderstanding with them in the past.”

He explained, “On Saturday, September 2, while we were working on our fields and farms, we saw the Fulanis moving their cattle and families out of their camp, a settlement that is just some few kilometers away from here.” He added, “So we rushed to them to inquire why the sudden departure from camp. They responded by telling us that one of them was some time ago killed in another village 5 kilometers from our village, hence, their decision to move away.”

Bulus emphasized, “We never knew that these same Fulanis would return to attack us, as there is nothing that warrants an attack on us.”

At midnight, three men entered the village and opened fire on anyone they saw. Bulus woke up after he heard the shots. Bulus said, “One of them ran after me into the house, and he stood by the door to my room without entering the room or shooting, and after a few minutes he went out to join his colleagues outside.” He managed the escape as they fired on him.

“One of them ran after me into the house, and he stood by the door to my room without entering the room or shooting, and after a few minutes he went out to join his colleagues outside,” said Bulus.

Twenty villagers, eight of whom were children, were murdered. Azumi Monday, the youngest victim, was just three months old.

After about twenty minutes, the three terrorists ceased fire and departed, speaking to each other in the Fulani language.

Plateau Commissioner of Police Peter Ogunyanwo told reporters that no one has been arrested in regards to the massacre. He downplayed the number of deaths that occurred in the attack.