Gunmen kill eight, kidnap 38 in Kaduna church attacks

Gunmen kill eight, kidnap 38 in Kaduna church attacks
Gunmen kill eight, kidnap 38 in Kaduna church attacks

A week after a similar massacre in the south west, gunmen attacked two churches in the northern state of Kaduna on Sunday, killing eight people and kidnapping 38 others, according to a Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) spokesperson.

Reverend Danlami Gajere, CAN chairman for Kasuwan Magani ward in Kaduna state, informed shauntv by phone that the attack occurred during a Catholic and Baptist church’s Sunday morning session.

The state police spokeswoman and Kaduna’s internal security commissioner did not react promptly to a request for comment.

Forty people were murdered by terrorists armed with AK-47s and explosives who stormed the St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo town two weeks ago. Government officials suspect Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). However, ISWAP has not taken credit for the attack.

Armed gangs are prevalent in the northwest of Nigeria, where they loot or kidnap for ransom, and violence has been on the rise, with security authorities frequently unable to stop the crimes.

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