Gunmen kill 6 in church attack in northern Nigeria

Gunmen kill 6 in church attack in northern Nigeria
# 25 December 2012 20:31 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Gunmen have killed six people in an attack on a church in volatile northern Nigeria before they set fire to the building, residents and police say, APA reports quoting Press TV.

The attack took place during a Christmas Eve service early on Tuesday outside the town of Potiskum, which is the economic capital of northern Yobe state.

Military Spokesman Eli Lazarus said that the gunmen “attempted to attack Potiskum but were repelled by the troops, while they were fleeing they attacked a church in a village” near the town.

"A group of gunmen came into the village at midnight and went straight to the church," said Usman Mansir, a resident of Peri village near Potiskum.

"They opened fire on them, killing the pastor and five worshippers. They then set fire to the church," he added.

In August, some 19 people, including a priest were killed and more than a dozen others injured after gunmen attacked a church in central Nigeria.

The incident occurred on August 6 when attackers opened fire on worshipers in Kogi state, about 250 kilometers southwest of Nigeria's capital Abuja.

Meanwhile, on October 10, people lost their lives and over 140 others were wounded when a bomber drove into a Catholic church in the Nigerian city of Kaduna.

The assault happened during services on October 28 at St Rita's church in the Malali neighborhood of the city.

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