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Gunmen kill three in attacks on churches in Nigeria

by Donna Birrell

Three people have been killed in attacks on two churches in Nigeria. 

Gunmen on motorcycles attacked worshippers during a service at the Maranatha Baptist Church and St Moses Catholic Church at Kajuru in Kaduna State on Sunday. 

According to a local source, the terrorists shot indiscriminately as they approached the churches, killing three while several others sustained injuries. 
At least 30 worshippers are said to have been abducted. The gunmen also attacked nearby villages.

The state's Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan said an unknown number of residents were kidnapped:

"On a sad note, security agencies have reported to the Kaduna State Government that bandits attacked worshippers and locals…….in Rubu general area of Kajuru local government area.
"According to the report, the bandits stormed the villages on motorcycles."

Speaking of the attacks on worshippers at the churches in Rubu village, Mr Aruwan said:

"Three locals have been confirmed killed in the attacks. They are identified as follows: Peter Madaki, a ward head, Elisha Ezekiel, a resident and Ali Zamani, a youth leader at Rubu area. 

"The suspected bandits looted shops and carted away some valuables from the villages." 

Attacks on churches and worshippers in Nigeria have increased in the last few weeks. 

Two weeks ago, on Pentecost Sunday, 40 worshippers were killed at St Francis Catholic Church in Ondo State in the south-west of the country.

32 people also died after gunmen attacked villages and a church in Kaduna State. 


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