April 30, 2012
More Church Attacks in Nigeria Leave Dozens Dead
The AP estimates more than 450 have been killed this year by violence attributed to Boko Haram.
In yet another round of violence by gunmen suspected to be members of the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram, attacks on two church services in northern Nigeria left at least two dozen dead.
Sunday’s deadliest attack took place in Kano at an older section of Bayero University. Worship services held on campus were disrupted after small explosives were tossed into services, forcing the Christians to flee. Witnesses told Vanguard that gunmen waiting at the exits opened fire and killed at least 20.
A second attack in Maiduguri left five people dead. Gunmen opened fire on worshippers at a Church of Christ in Nigeria chapel.
Christianity Today reported in December that hundreds of Christians were killed last year in a surge of violence by Boko Haram. Since then, attacks have continued; the Associated Press estimates that Boko Haram has been blamed for killing more than 450 people since January.
Today, CT posted a report from contributor Sunday Agang, a provost of ECWA Theological Seminary in Kagoro, about how Christians and Muslims can work together to end Nigeria’s fatal deadlock.