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Nigerians shot during Bible study

10 August 2012

by a staff reporter

GUNMEN have shot dead about 19 people during Bible study at a church in Nigeria, police have said. Three men are said by witnesses to have entered the Deeper Life Evangelical church in Otite, 155 miles south-west of Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, before the Bible study began on Monday night.

Lt. Col. Gabriel Olorunyomi told Associated Press that the men used Kalashanikov assault rifles to spray the church with bullets, killing 15 people at the scene, including the  pastor. Four more people died later in hos­pital, and many others were wounded. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it is similar to previous attacks on churches carried out by the radical Islamic sect Boko Haram (News, 15 June, 4 May). The sect has been blamed for 660 killings in Nigeria this year alone.

The Chancellor of the diocese of Lagos, Justice Adesola Oguntade, had told parishioners the day before this latest attack that the time had come for Christians to be vigilant and take  further attacks by Boko Haram.

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