Six killed as gunmen attack church in Gombe

Barely 24 hours after bombs went off in Maiduguri and Damaturu respectively, gunmen late Thursday attacked a church in Gombe killing at least six people. The church’s pastor, Johnson Jauro, said the killings took place when gunmen burst into his Deeper Life Church in the capital of Gombe State. He said his wife was among those killed. Ten other people were injured. The nation has recently experienced a surge in ethnic and sectarian violence. Only recently President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in a number of local government areas in four states of the country. “The attackers started shooting sporadically. They shot through the window of the church, and many people were killed including my wife,” Jauro said. Many church members were also reportedly injured. Earlier on Thursday, two suspected members of Boko Haram were arrested after a father and son were killed in Maiduguri in neighbouring Borno state. Attacks by Boko Haram have become increasingly frequent and are a major problem for security agencies.

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