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Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Article states it is not clear what caused this attack

Does the secular world want to ever admit that Christians are targeted for persecution? It is the duty of Catholics to not pretend, either, and pray for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria. The Tyburn nuns here have been asked to set up a convent in Nigeria by the Bishops. Construction of the building has begun.


LATEST UPDATE: 25/12/2012 

NIGERIA


Gunmen kill six at Nigerian Christmas service

Gunmen kill six at Nigerian Christmas service
© AFP file photo from Christmas 2011

Gunmen attacked a church in northern Nigeria during a midnight mass on Christmas Eve, killing six people including the pastor, before setting the building ablaze, residents and police said Tuesday.

By FRANCE 24  (text)
 
Gunmen killed six people attending midnight mass at a church in northern Nigeria on Christmas Eve, police and residents confirmed on Tuesday.
“A group of gunmen came into the village at midnight and went straight to the church... they opened fire on them, killing the pastor and five worshippers. They then set fire to the church," said Usman Mansir, resident of Peri village, near Potiskum, the economic capital of Yobe state.
Mansir specified that a branch of the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA) was the congregation that was targeted.
A senior police official in Yobe confirmed the details to AFP, but declined to be named.
Boko Haram Islamists have carried out several attacks in Yobe, which borders the state of Maiduguri, where the insurgent group is based.
The Islamists are blamed for killing hundreds of people in northern Nigeria since 2009. It was not clear who was behind the latest violence.
While Yobe's population is overwhelmingly Muslim, the commercial hub of Potiskum has a significant Christian minority. Peri is just two kilometres outside the city.

1 comment:

New Sister said...

Two things that frustrate and even enrage me in the defense work I do w/in the beltway:
1. the silence against Islam as a threat to national (and world) security. Instead our State Department and DOD apologize to violent Muslims for having provoked them - a practice that only emboldens them and drives our allies, like the French, absolutely nuts, and
2. The great ignorance of many US defense and foreign policy officials, on the world-wide persecution of Christians. Instead, I continue to hear Sec Clinton's STUPID remark repeated, that "organized religion" is the problem... and comparing the violence and tribalism inherent to Islam to past conflicts in Christendom.