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Nigeria: Christian Churches
BY MINDY BELZ ©2011 World Magazine
he U.S. Embassy in Nigeria continues to warn Americans about possible attacks in the country following the worst day of violence directed by the terrorist group Boko Haram that included attacks on at least seven churches and left more than 100 people dead. Violence between Muslims and Christians in the fractured state is not uncommon, but the threat of attacks directed at Americans, once rare, is now growing.
The violence in northern Nigeria began November 3, when gunmen burst into a church in Tabak village, Kaduna State, as an evening prayer meeting drew to a close. Emmanuel Mallam, 32, a seminary student leading the service, said he had been teaching on the Eucharist, or Lord’s Supper, when gunmen began firing on the congregation—mostly women and children—killing two and wounding at least 12, some of them critically, including one 8-year-old. On November 4, the gunmen raided another village nearby, killing one Christian and injuring another, according to Compass Direct News
That same day, militants hit two other northern states in a series of coordinated bomb and gun attacks that killed more than 150 people. Those included one suicide car bombing that targeted police headquarters in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State.
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