January 6th, 2012
08:20 AM ET

Nigeria church shooting kills at least 8, pastor says

At least eight people have been killed in a shooting at a church in northeastern Nigeria, a pastor at the church said Friday.

Gunmen attacked the Deeper Life church in Gombe, the capital of Gombe state, on Thursday evening as worshipers held a revival meeting, according to the Venerable Joseph Ninyo, a pastor with the Anglican Diocese of Gombe.

He said 20 people were being treated in the hospital, one of whom is in intensive care.

"Many tried to run but were gunned down," eyewitness Konson Danladi said. "I was just outside the church when the men came and started shooting and I ran."

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  1. Andreas Moser

    I hope it won't happen at MY church: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/church/

    January 6, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Well, what in holy hell was the *point* of this?

    January 6, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hugh Jass©

    Dear CNN, Why are people giving guns to Nigerian churches?

    January 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    One of the problems facing African citizens is the friction between those who profit from foreign countries getting all the oil and diamonds and those who have starved children. It's much the same in the USA where we have about half of the population totally dependant on government checks for survival rubbing-up against the other half. If you criticize their employer/caretaker they get bent out of shape...even calling you "anti-American". .and don't even think about exposing military entytlement or disabilty fraud. There are millions of fraudsters and some of them get downright nasty when you expose their kind. Like the stereotypical obese couple Dandy Seroquel and Sharon Doughnuts claiming that their obesity has disabled them and now collect social security disability. Dandy Seroquel sit's around drinking beer all day, trading pills...and when he gets caught trying to raype a door-to-door salesgirl, here comes enabler Sharon to wisk him away to have his meds adjusted. Millions choose this lifestyle.

    January 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. stanly

    what is the point of shooting up a church. it is holy ground where men and women worship

    January 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do...

    January 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Athiest

    "forgive them". Here comes the bible toters spouting scriptures in the air. Leave your bibke at home lady and get in step with progress.

    January 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)


      What the hell is a bibke ?

      January 6, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©


    That, hands down, is the funniest thing someone has said to me in a long, long time!
    Thanks for that laugh, for I surely needed that!
    Ha ha ha ha ha!!!!

    January 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    No place on this planet for the likes of these misguided maniacal souls. Hate and intolerance, the two poisons polluting the enviorns. Got to get rid of them.
    There is of-course the factor that these sick emotions are manipulated by forces, mostly in governance who profit from making the populace live in fear.

    January 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    @ banasy a 'bible toter'?
    Well that is some revelation, do you confess@ banasy?

    January 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    I confess that Athiest is new to the blogs...

    January 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ranti

    If you have being following up with african news especially Nigeria,then you would understand that the people were shot by an Islamist group called Boko Haram.they are a menance and how they get these wepons is still a mystery.

    January 6, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    @bobcat: a Bible that's had the l knocked out of it.

    January 6, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |


    January 7, 2012 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |