Ten killed as gunmen open fire in Adamawa church, market

A group of gunmen Sunday
stormed a village in Adamawa on the border
with Cameroon killing 10 residents in attacks on
a church and a market, police said.
The gunmen opened fire on a market square in
Njilang village in Adamawa state, killing six
people before storming a local church in the
same village where they killed four worshippers,
Mohammed Ibrahim, the state police
spokesman, told AFP.
“Unknown gunmen went into the village this
morning and attacked a market square where
they killed six people and then proceeded to a
church where they shot dead four others,”
Ibrahim said.
Nine people were wounded in the attacks in the
small farming village, 230 kilometres (145 miles)
from the state capital Yola, Ibrahim said.
He said the gunmen crossed the border into
Cameroon after the attacks before the arrival of
policemen from the nearest police post 30
kilometres (20 miles) away.
He did not say if the gunmen were resident in
Ibrahim also declined to say whether he thought
Boko Haram Islamists who have carried out a
series of bomb and gun attacks in the area were
responsible, although criminal gangs have
carried out similar attacks under the cover of the
Islamist group.
In December last year, the Islamists launched
coordinated bomb and gun attacks on a police
station and government buildings in the area,
killing several people, including policemen, and
freeing suspects in custody.
Global rights watchdog Human Rights Watch
said last week the insurgency in north and
central Nigeria by Boko Haram has claimed
3,600 lives since 2009, including killings by the
security forces.


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