New Church Attack Stokes Religious Tension in Nigeria
January 06, 2012
Al Jazeera English
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," 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. Al Jazeera's Caroline Malone reports.
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