Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

5 Christians shot dead

12 November 2012, 07:40

Kano - Gunmen have shot dead five Christian residents of a town in Kano previously hit by deadly Islamist attacks, the police said on Sunday.

The gunmen stormed the home of five Christian ethnic Igbos from eastern Nigeria in Gaidam town late on Saturday and shot them dead before fleeing, state police commissioner Patrick Egbuniwe said.

"The gunmen broke into the home of the Igbo iron welders after they had closed from work and shot them dead. The attackers escaped and no one has been arrested for the attack," he told AFP.

Gaidam, which lies 135km from the Yobe state capital Damaturu and near the border with Niger, is the hometown of state governor Ibrahim Gaidam.

It is not clear if the assailants killed them because they were Christians.

Boko Haram

Egbuniwe did not say whether Boko Haram was behind the killing.

In November last year, the Islamist militant group launched co-ordinated bombings and shooting attacks on the town.

Armed with Kalashnikov rifles, the Islamists hurled explosives at Gaidam police station, freed suspects, stole arms, rampaged through the town, burning six churches, a high court, a shopping complex and robbing a bank.

On Friday, gunmen killed three policemen and set ablaze three churches and a school in the town of Bonny Yadi in the volatile state, a military spokesperson said.

Attacks by the group and the security forces' response to the insurgency are believed to have claimed more than 2 800 lives since 2009.

- SAPA

NEXT ON NEWS24 NIGERIAX

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Nigerian Stars Youths
Inmate of kuje prison thanking Go...

The inmate of Kuje prison, under the association of prisoners for change peace and good governance, took their time over the weeks celebrating the victory of Muhammadu Buhari over Goodluck Jonathan in the concluded presidential election. Read more...

Newly elected president

We are directed by Allah the supreme being to move round the world to widen the scope of our knowledge. Read more...

Submitted by
Kehinde Pius
I love PDP with my life

I want to wish President GoodLuck Jonathan a more successful years ahead, even if God come down Himself to be president of this country, Nigerians will never appreciate Him.  Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Africa: A house divided against i...

For instance, precisely on April 14, 2015, the global media was agog with the news of xenophobia attacks by some few misguided South Africans against African immigrants. Read more...

Submitted by
Ndedigwe Obianuju
The African woman

Everyone condemns racism openly but when it comes to gender, it becomes the role of just one party that brands itself superior, to decide who controls who and no one dares refute.  Read more...

Submitted by
Godfrey Onagwa
Agricultural extension gets a boo...

The 20th Annual Conference of the Agricultural Extension Society of Nigeria (AESON) held from the 11th to 14th May, 2015 at the Ahmadu Bello University, Samaru Zaria Read more...