Nigeria: Islamic Gunmen Open Fire at Church Vigil
Religion TodayReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2011 Nov 04
An armed gang opened fire at a church in Nigeria's Kaduna state Thursday night during an overnight vigil, killing two people and wounding 11, the Christian Post reports. According to the BBC, the attack was likely connected to a revenge initiative by two Muslim extremist groups, Hasus and Fulanis, fighting back after many were displaced earlier this year when Kaduna's first-ever Christian governor was elected. Kaduna State is divided among religious and political lines -- Christians occupy a large part of the south and Muslims are concentrated in the north, similar to the way Nigeria as a whole is divided -- and the situation has led to numerous violent clashes throughout the country.