Gunmen Kill Eight, Kidnap 38 in Nigeria Church Attacks: Church Officials

Kano, Nigeria — Nigerian Christian Association (CAN) officials said on Sunday, two churches in northern Kaduna, a few weeks after a similar deadly attack by Nigerian Christian Association (CAN) officials. Southwest said it killed eight people and kidnapped 38 people in an attack on.

The attack took place during a morning worship service at the Catholic and Baptist Churches on Sunday, when Rev. Dan Ramigajere, CAN Chairman of Kaswan Magani District, Kaduna, told Reuters on the phone.

A spokesperson for the state police and an internal security officer in Kaduna did not immediately respond to the request for comment.

Two weeks ago, a shooter using an AK-47 rifle and explosives attacked the St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, killing 40 people. The government suspects the terrorist group Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP). However, ISWAP does not claim responsibility for the attack.

Armed gangsters are rampant in northwestern Nigeria, robbing and kidnapping ransom. Violence is on the rise, and thinly stretched security forces often cannot stop the attack.

By Hamza Ibrahim, MacDonald Dzirutwe, Chijioke Ohuocha