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Death toll at 22 after attack on Nigerian Catholic Church

Islamic terrorists armed with guns and explosives killed 22 people at a busy Catholic Mass in a northeast Nigerian village yesterday.

They set off bombs and fired into the congregation in the Catholic Church in Waga Chakawa village in Adamawa state on Sunday morning, before burning houses and taking residents hostage during a four-hour siege, witnesses said.

President Goodluck Jonathan (above) is struggling to contain the Muslim extremist group Boko Haram in remote rural regions in the country’s northeast corner, where the sect first launched an uprising in 2009.

The sect, which wants to impose sharia law on a country split roughly equally between Christians and Muslims, has killed thousands over the past four and a half years. Its fighters’ favourite targets have traditionally been security forces, politicians who oppose them and Christian minorities in the largely Muslim north.

Fr Raymond Danbouye , the spokesman for the Catholic diocese of Yola, confirmed 22 people killed in the attack were buried today.

President Jonathan declared a state of emergency in three northeastern states in May last year and launched an intensified military campaign to try to end the insurgency.

 

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