Gunmen Kill Churchgoers In Nigeria

Nigerian Gunmen Kill Churchgoers In Zonkwa, Kaduna

ICC Note

Gunmen killed at least two Christians while they were attending church service. The attack tookplace in northern Nigeria where Christians have been facing persecution at the hands of the Muslim majority in the area.

11/04/2011 Nigeria (BBC News)-At least two people have been shot dead and 11 wounded after gunmen launched an overnight attack on a church in northern Nigeria, officials say.

The attack happened in the Kaduna state town of Zonkwa, which saw serious violence after April’s election.

Kaduna is divided along political, ethnic and religious lines and the BBC’s Nura Ringim in the state says it is thought to be a revenge attack.

Thousands of Muslim Hausas and Fulanis were forced from their homes in April.

Our correspondent says that some of those attacked had vowed to take revenge, as had the Boko Haram Islamist militant group, based further north in Borno state.

A police spokesman told our correspondent that some of those shot in the latest attack on a congregation performing a night vigil were in a critical condition.

In April’s elections, Patrick Ibrahim Yokowa became the state’s first Christian governor.

More than 1,000 people have been killed in recent years in neighbouring Plateau state in a deadly spiral of revenge attacks between rival groups similarly split along ethnic, religious and political lines.

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