12 killed in attacks on two churches in Nigeria

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At least 12 people died in northern Nigeria when attackers raided two churches during Christmas Eve services, police said.


One assault occurred at the Church of Christ in Nations in Postikum, in Yobe province. Gunmen attacked worshipers during prayer, killing six people, including the pastor, and setting the building on fire

Worshipers also were attacked at the First Baptist Church in Maiduguri, in Borno state. A deacon and five church members were killed.

They were the latest strikes against Christians in the region. More than 30 people died in a wave of Christmas Day attacks in the north last year, blamed on Boko Haram, a militant group that has targeted Christians and Muslims it considered insufficiently Islamist.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. “…challenges make people doubt the sincerity of government, but I am confident that God knows everything.”

    Surely, you cannot be serious, Mr.Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria, to bring even more God into this horrific equation! What has his ‘knowing everything’, non-existant as he is anyway, got to do with anything? Shouldn’t you be concerning yourself with the welfare of all your people here on earth rather than citing inflammatory threats on behalf of non-existant beings?

    Shouldn’t you start by punishing the guilty for these horrific crimes, then dealing with the sectarian crisis that exists in your country, closely followed by ousting all religion from your society, (rather than bringing it into the centre of political discourse), since it is its fault that all these horrors keep occuring in the first place?

  2. In reply to #3 by HenMie:

    “…challenges make people doubt the sincerity of government, but I am confident that God knows everything.”

    Surely, you cannot be serious, Mr.Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria, to bring even more God into this horrific equation! What has his ‘knowing everything’, non-existant as he is anyway, got to do with anything? Shouldn’t you be concerning yourself with the welfare of all your people here on earth rather than citing inflammatory threats on behalf of non-existant beings?

    Shouldn’t you start by punishing the guilty for these horrific crimes, then dealing with the sectarian crisis that exists in your country, closely followed by ousting all religion from your society, (rather than bringing it into the centre of political discourse), since it is its fault that all these horrors keep occuring in the first place?

    No, it’s not the fault of all religion. It’s actually the fault of the radical islamic Boko Harum, just as a similar bunch of islamic thugs are at work in Mali; also intent on instating sharia, regardless of the great cost to humanity.

    I’m no Christian nor Christian supporter normally,,but I hate to see them bracketed with the oppressors when they should be counted amongst the victims..

  3. I agree, inquisador, it is the Islamic terrorists I was referring to as needing to be ‘dealt with’, but really I would like to see religion of all colours ousted in that, and every other country. In reply to #4 by inquisador:

    In reply to #3 by HenMie:

    I’m no Christian nor Christian supporter normally,,but I hate to see them bracketed with the oppressors when they should be counted amongst the victims..

  4. With all the problems African countries face today, it seems religion is playing a crucial role in every way in exacerbating them. For every step forward Africans make their strong belief in god takes them miles backwards. I’m deeply troubled by this.

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