December 25th, 2012
10:03 AM ET

Gunmen kill 6 in attack on church in Nigeria

Gunmen in northern Nigeria attacked a church's Christmas Eve services, killing six people and setting the building on fire, police said.

A pastor was slain in the incident, police said.

It was the latest strike against Christians in the region. More than 30 people died in a wave of Christmas Day attacks in the north last year, blamed on Boko Haram, a militant group that has targeted Christians and Muslims it considered insufficiently Islamist.

"Suspected members of the group have bombed or opened fire on worshipers in at least 18 churches across eight northern and central states since 2010. In Maiduguri, the group also forced Christian men to convert to Islam on penalty of death," Human Rights Watch said in an October report.

It is not immediately known if the group was behind the latest attack.

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  1. Karey

    Muslims kill again. Why? The usual excuse - "Koran made me do it"...

    December 26, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Adekunle

    Nigeria we need more prayer

    December 26, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Hide Behind

    Maybe when any of the three killer majors pray if they would pray for "Wisdom and Enlightment" before opening their mouths there would be less killings to babble about.

    December 26, 2012 at 2:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Down with tornadoes!

    The victims weren't "sufficiently Islamic".

    Gee, who would do a thing like that? Hmmmm.

    December 26, 2012 at 3:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Jon

    These Islamists "also forced Christian men to convert to Islam on penalty of death" - that pretty much sums up the history of Islam.

    December 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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