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. empresstrudy

    Don't worry it's likely Muslims massacring non Muslims. Criticism of that is of course Islamophobia

    December 25, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • IvyLeagueMamaLlama

      Oh, right, you can't criticize Muslims at ALL in the U.S. People in the U.S. love Muslims.

      December 25, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Brock

    Quality write up here.

    December 25, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Mallory Simon, CNN News blog editor

      Brock, those are all the confirmed details we have right now. But I promise that as soon as we hear more, I'll be updating the post. Thanks for reading!

      December 25, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. oosibajo

    Nigeria government is a clueless government, they don't know what to do instead they now politicise everything and loot the treasury.

    December 25, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • jnpa

      No, this is about Nigeria, not the U.S.!

      December 25, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. Who Cares

    Muslim on Muslim crime. Who cares

    December 25, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Jane

      Did you even read the article. They attacked a church on Christmas. It was obviously not a Muslim on Muslim crime. Christians are the ones who were attacked. A usual thing in Nigeria nowadays

      December 25, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. Johny Utah

    Why they always target the church?...I know not all church goers are koshers. There are one or two are bad guys. So, those muslims have to settle their arguments with those bad guys but dont target the church and burn the building.

    December 25, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sam

    I feel sorry for the innocent individuals that always falls victim of the insecurity in Nigeria. The government are always condeming but still nothing is done about it. For how long will this continue...

    December 25, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. sixin

    Nigeria has some pretty strict gun control laws for its defenseless private citizens.

    December 25, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • teddyg

      And you know this how?

      December 25, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. Erik K

    Its just those peace loving Muslims. Probably just pulling a prank on the Christians. Im sure CNN will never mention that the killers are muslims after all we would'nt want to tell the truth and offend anyone. Guess it would be ok if we go urinate on some Korans.

    December 25, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Mrs. Pepperpot

      "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.

      Looks like CNN did admit to it.

      December 25, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. smm7

    ignorant nigerians.

    December 25, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. Matt

    Quick, somebody ask Bryan Fischer and Mike Huckabee why their imaginary friend let *this* one happen!

    December 25, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Matthew

    There are still some people who say Islam is a peaceful and loving religion. Those must be the people who never listen to, read or watch the news.

    December 25, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sagebrush Shorty

    Peaceful Islam strikes again.

    December 25, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Aaron_of_Portsmouth

      I would offer that its not Islam that's a fault but fanatics who have hi-jacked Islam. Much like Christianity is not at fault for the deep-seated racism that exists in this country. Obviously, the light of religion has died out in every land and is in need of renewal.

      December 25, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. Super Catholic

    No one is legally allowed to own guns in Nigeria.
    Somesone should alert Michael Moore.

    December 25, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. likeomg

    I blame the U.S.

    December 25, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. seaann

    God's Kingdom only hope for mankind. Matthew 6:9,10 Daniel 2:44

    December 25, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
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