World News – Attackers have stormed a church service in a town in Nigeria’s volatile northeast and killed 15 people in the latest such violence targeting Christians in recent days, an official said Monday.
“We received information from our personnel in Chibok that some attackers stormed a church during Sunday service yesterday and killed 15 people,” Mohammed Kanar, regional coordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency, told AFP.
Details were still being confirmed from the remote area but it appeared the victims had been shot, he said.
The attack followed violence on Friday that saw attackers slit the throats of 15 Christians in a pre-dawn raid in Musari, also in the northeast.
Both Musari and Chibok are located in Nigeria’s Borno state, where Islamist extremist group Boko Haram has been based.
During a Christmas Eve service last week, gunmen attacked a church in northeastern Yobe state, killing six people, including the pastor, before setting the building ablaze.
Violence linked to Boko Haram’s insurgency in northern and central Nigeria is believed to have left some 3,000 people dead since 2009, including killings by the security forces.
Nigeria is Africa’s most populous nation, roughly divided between a mainly Muslim north and predominately Christian south.
While the violence has been severe in certain areas this Christmas season, it has been less bloody than in 2011, when scores were killed in bombings and shootings at churches and other locations. (AFP)