Nigeria church attacked on Christmas eve, 6 dead

Many people were feared dead Monday night in Nigeria after gunmen stormed a church, police said.

Zeenews Bureau

Abuja: In the latest militant attack in Nigeria, gunmen targeted a church in a village in Yobe state, killing at least six on Christmas morning, officials said Wednesday.

The attack took place in a village named Peri in Potiskum, Yobe’s capital.

Though, no group has come forward to claim responsibility for the attack, Boko Haram is suspected to be behind the killing, given the history of church attacks in Nigeria.

More than 770 people have been killed in Boko Haram attacks so far this year, according to an Associated Press count, making 2012 the worst year of violence attributed to the group

Boko Haram is a radical Islamic sect in Nigeria which is said to have links with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Somalia`s al-Shabab.

Boko Haram when translated into English means "Western education is sacrilege".

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