Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Boko Haram Storms Church, Kills 12 Christians During Service

These senseless killings are still going on with impunity. Members of the deadly Boko Haram stormed a church in Attagara, Gwoza LGA of Borno State and killed about 12 worshippers during Sunday service.
A resident of the village, Matthew Adamu, gave details of the sad incident thus:
“The attack occurred at 9.30am at the EYN Church while the service was going on. Our church has some men who provide security, especially when service is going on. As we were holding our service on Sunday, we started hearing gunshots and everybody fled. Some jumped through the windows and ran into the bushes. Some who live close to the church managed to run to their homes. 
“Men in the community however mobilised immediately and pursued the Boko Haram men. They came with motorcycles and a car but our people killed many of them and arrested three.
"I later learnt that nine people in the church were shot dead."

The attack which occurred barely 48 hours after the murder of the Emir of Gwoza , Alhaji Idrissa Timta, by the sect in a highway ambush, brought the church service to an abrupt end.

It was gathered that the insurgents arrived at EYN Church and opened fire on worshippers at about 9.30am.

The killing of the worshippers led to a reprisal by the villagers and their neighbours from Agapalwa resulting in the death of 37 Boko Haram terrorists.

The Chairman of the Christians Association of Nigeria in the state, Rev. Titus Pona, confirmed the incident on the telephone to journalists.

He said, "I was told by my members that 37 suspected Boko Haram members were killed after an attack on Attangara and Agapalwa villages. Most of the villages attacked in Gwoza , Bayan Dutse area since a week ago have over 80 per cent Christian population".

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