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Woman and child killed and more injured in Nigeria church attack

by Sophie Drew

It is believed a woman and her young daughter have been killed, and three injured, after a gunman opened fire in a church in the Kogi state of Nigeria. 

The incident took place at Celestial Church in Felele, Lokoja on Sunday evening. 

The assailants are believed to have arrived on motorcycles before entering the church and firing indiscriminately at worshippers. 

According to authorities in the Kogi state, the church and congregants were specifically targeted. 

Jerry Omodara, the Kogi state's top security official, said: "It looked like it was organized against that particular church, because their altar was burned with petrol they went with."

The three people injured continue to receive treatment. 

Speaking to The Guardian Nigeria, William Ovye Aya - deputy superintendent of police - confirmed the incident, saying: "The commissioner of police has deployed our operatives, and ordered the deputy commissioner of police in charge of investigation, to commence probe to unravel the cause of the attack, with a view to arresting the perpetrators."

It's the seventh attack on a Nigerian place of worship this year.

A number of Christian charities and humanitarian groups have condemned the attack, and are imploring officials to do more about the worsening threat facing churches and mosques in Nigeria.

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