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Authorities Discover More Christians Killed Over Christmas Holiday in Nigeria

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Sources have reported that more Christian casualties have been discovered in northern Nigeria. Thirty Christians were killed in separate attacks carried out by militants suspected to be connected by Boko Haram. Although this Christmas holiday didn't have any church bombings, it was no less deadly for Christians. Many were attacked by gunmen as they gathered for worship at churches on Christmas Eve. Others were attacked in their homes on the days following Christmas. This most recent discovery shows that thirty Christians were killed on New Year's Eve. How many more Christian casualties will be discovered?             

1/9/2013 Nigeria (WorldWatchMonitor) — Thirty people were killed in two separate attacks carried out by armed men ahead of the New Year, in North-eastern Nigeria.

15 people were killed in a single attack which occurred on Sunday 30th, when armed men stormed a church service in Kyachi village, outside Chibok, near Maiduguri. According to Mohammed Kanar, the regional coordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the victims were shot by the attackers.

"We received information from our personnel in Chibok that some attackers stormed a church during Sunday service, and killed 15 people," he told Agence France Presse.

This attack followed another massacre on Friday 29th in which 15 people were killed in the night in Musari, also near Maiduguri.

"From the information we gathered, the attackers broke into selected homes and slaughtered 15 people in their sleep," said a relief official to AFP.

"The victims were selected because they were all Christians, some of whom had moved into the neighbourhood from other parts of the city hit by Boko Haram attacks," the relief worker added.

Climate of Fear

In a previous attack, as WWM reported, six Christians including the pastor were killed by gunmen during a Christmas Eve service in a church in north-eastern Yobe state. For many Christians, these latest killings are a reminder of the 2011 Christmas season, the bloodiest in Nigeria, when attacks on churches and other locations left scores of people dead.

In response to 2011's violence, the Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan had declared a state of emergency in many northern areas, which are mostly affected by Boko Haram attacks, the Islamist militants. Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno State, in the North-east, is seen as the headquarters of Boko Haram militants.

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