At least five congregants of the St. Charles Catholic Church in Kano’s predominantly Christian Sabon Gari district have been killed in a suicide bombing, likely perpetrated by Boko Haram. A radical Islamic insurgency bent on establishing a separate Islamic state to be ruled by Sharia law, Boko Haram has steadily worked towards the eradication of Christians in Nigeria’s increasingly lawless north. In the first 6 months of 2014 alone, Boko Haram has slaughtered more than 1,600 Christians.
07/29/2014 Nigeria (CNN) – A suicide bomber in Nigeria killed at least five people on Sunday in an attack on a church in the city of Kano, a local resident told CNN. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
The incident happened in an area of northern Nigeria with a strong presence of Boko Haram militants.
Boko Haram, a hard-line Islamist movement, has attacked Christian churches in the past and abducted scores of schoolgirls last April.
The militant group says its aim is to impose a stricter enforcement of Sharia law across Nigeria, which is split between a majority Muslim north and a mostly Christian south.