August 7th, 2012
10:44 AM ET

19 killed in Nigeria church attack

Gunmen attacked a church in the central Nigerian state of Kogi, killing at least 19 people, a military official said Tuesday.

Among the dead was the pastor of the Deeper Life church in Okene, Lt. Col. Gabriel Olorunyomi said.

No one has claimed responsibility, but immediate suspicion fell on the militant Islamic group Boko Haram, which has carried out similar church attacks in the past.

An eyewitness told CNN that the attackers were carrying sophisticated firearms and shot randomly at the members of the congregation gathered for Bible study Monday night. Blood flowed through the church as bodies fell limp, the witness said.


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  1. banasy©

    This is just awful.

    My sympathy to those who lost loved ones.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Oliver

    Islamic expansion marches on, as the guilt-ridden West not only secularizes but invites Islam in uncontested. Make no mistake, this is a crusade. A slow motion one, but a definite one. The attention span of a westerner is weeks, maybe months. The attention span of a muslim is years if not generations. When armed muslims arrived at the gates of Vienna and Paris they were militarily repelled. When unarmed muslims arrived in the year 2000 they were given welfare handouts. Suicide of the west.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • phunk

      I forgot what you were saying about half way through your post. Sorry

      August 7, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      What an ill informed post @Oliver, I have to say.
      What Islamic expansion?
      With our 700 military bases around the world including in muslim countries, continued invasions, occupation and interventions. planting and disposing muslim leaders at will. Who is expanding?
      The second largest population in the US is that of Latinos predominantly Roman Catholics and then Chinese and increasing. Who is expanding/
      This propaganda is exactly what is driving this country in a direction that has already showing adverse results for us.

      August 7, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allison

      @Oliver, bless you and please ignore the posters that infest this site. Most are anti American and all are anti Christian. It's Huntington's Clash of Civilizations. 105,000 Christians per year are slain for their religious faith, or about one every five minutes. It's most pronounced on the Saharan/subsaharan frontier, but look at Iraq that was three percent christian only years ago, and now near zero. Pray for Egypt's twenty percent coptic Christians and their well-being.

      These posters, look for their names under the Sikh Temple slaying story and there they will say what a tragedy the intolerance is, but only if it's against non Christians. Hypocritical but ordinary. Chrisendom preaches tolerance while proselytizing is a capital offense in the Islamic world. They are beyond complicit in the decline of western civilization – they're actively rooting for it!

      August 7, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I am not anti-*anything*; perhaps that is my problem.

      August 7, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Oh, I take that back.
      I'm anti-hate.

      August 7, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Beff "Skunk" Jaxter

    When are we going to get some GUN CONTROL for Nigeria???

    August 7, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Murdoch Supreme


    ("Well, it's Nigeria.. that's normal there."

    August 7, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO ©

    How screwed up does one have to be, to believe that God told you to kill people.

    August 7, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Pretty darn sick...even sicker to carry it out!

      August 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • phunk

      No different than God telling you to run for President (Bachmann).

      August 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. s kel

    I am SICK SICK SICK of murders occurring in peaceful places. My heart actually hurts reading this. Im also sick of right wingers trying to justiy any shooting.

    August 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    About time these nuts of Boko Haram are dealt with. They have been running free for too long.
    A group of screwed up thugs like Abhinav Bharat,RSS,VHP and Balrang Dal in India. Hindu extremists kill and harrass christian missionaries routinely destroying churches. In 2012 these attacks were up in Orissa and Tamil Nadu.
    But these are not even reported.
    Govts in these countries should be pressured to take action.

    August 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • uhadit

      Goverment In Terrorist Ugly swines Of America should take action agaist Fanatic American Christian skinhead Terrorist who attack, guruwadas, Mosques, Mandirs & kill unarmed innocent non christians

      August 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    The muslim mosque in Joplin, missouri was burned to the ground. The third and 'successful' attempt by extremists since 2008.
    Existing and proposed islamic centers in US have been and are being targetd in a planned manner. But we don't hear of this in our MS media. Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities in some areas are now coming together to stand up to these extremists and mind set. But the general public remains unaware.

    August 7, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. yeahbut

    Yeah, but was this Nigerian vs. Nigerian or Islamist vs. Christianist? If N v N then send in UN peacekeeping troops. If I vs. C, let them get rid of each other for us.

    August 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      It is humans exterminating other humans.
      It is WRONG; especially in the name of God.

      August 7, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kenny Rogers

    @yeahbut, what do you care Philip who might even have more names than I.

    August 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    Actually, showing results like very poor national report cards and an obesity epidemic spreading second-hand to children.
    But yeah. The US Military currently occupies about 130 nations and play chess with those nations nations' leaders, putting them on and taking them off at will.

    August 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    It's what is said, not who said it. Except for glory seekers or General Sherman.
    "The glory of war is all moonshine" said Sherman, most famous for saying "War is hell."
    I do not seek my own glory here and so use various pretend usernames, never someone's personal s/n as many here do.
    Now, buzz off. Or i'll break-out ny new Ahkmed the Terror Guy, Jr. (RIP Ahkmed Sr.)

    August 7, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jim Brieske

    Good Evening Philip

    August 7, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    @banasy said it.
    Humans exterminating humans and some in the name of God. Its going to get worse and we will have passed the point of caring.
    If we could only revisit , understand and take a cue from what was said by those who went thru hell, had foresight and wisdom. But no we have not even learned to learn from history.

    August 7, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |

    The new boogyman is an African, the old. ME Brown skinned one has been decapitated and now we got a black skinned one, or however many #2's lined up behind them and if Nigeria is a peacefull nation it is only where the europeans pay for peace not pray.
    Deeper Life Church is an interesting organization, one that went from an almost penniless store front "church in 1989 and became a multibillion dollar organization with worlwide branches.
    In effect it is a super NGO that. took advantage of the Federal Minority buisness Grants to its members and later the Faith based Initiative Act.
    Primarily its roots are among the Black community and while it has some major Corporate Sponsors who the "church" says are not members............
    Nation divided into three centers of power and each center has a grouping of tribals with the boogyman "allegedly being spondored in the north by not so muchIslamic as disatisfied political and economic interest.
    In otherwords who is going to get the largest share of US/EURO corporates monies.
    A corrupt central government of mainly westernized educated bureucrats. who like US liberals are taking care of the people but a heck of a lot better care of themselves first.
    Wonder where the sophisticated weaponry came from?
    on a continent where no matter the country the largest sellers and suppliers of weaponry are US/EUROS, just a coincidence.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
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