Al Jazeera reports
Gunmen have stormed a church service in Nigeria, killing six people and wounding 10, the church’s pastor said, the latest in a string of attacks that has raised fears of sectarian conflict in Africa’s most populous nation. “It was around 7:30 pm (1830 GMT),” Pastor John Jauro told AFP news agency of Thursday’s attack in the city of Gombe. “I was leading the congregation in prayers. Our eyes were closed when some gunmen stormed the church and opened fire on the congregation. Six people were killed in the attack and 10 others were wounded.” He said there was confusion as worshippers sought to flee at the Deeper Life Christian Ministry Church. Local police spokesman Ahmed Muhammad confirmed the attack, but declined to say how many people the gunmen killed and wounded. The attack comes after a purported spokesman for Islamist group Boko Haram on Sunday issued a three-day ultimatum for Christians living in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north to leave the region or they would be killed. There was, however, no claim of responsibility for the attack.
Meanwhile in America on any given Sunday (not to even raise the issue of the miserably low attendance for services on other days of the week), most Christians much prefer to forego worship altogether, fearful that they might have to wait too long in the buffet line at the local eatery if they trouble themselves with church stuff.
- Nigeria Christians given three-day terror ultimatum (worldnews.msnbc.msn.com)
- Nigeria gunmen storm church, six killed (news.nationalpost.com)
- Deadly shooting at Nigeria church (bbc.co.uk)
- ‘Ultimatum’ to Nigeria Christians (thehindu.com)