Gunmen attacked two churches in rural northwestern Nigeria, killing at least three people, injuring two others, and kidnapping thirty-eight people on Sunday.
The attack occurred during a morning service in Maranatha Baptist Church and the Catholic Church of Saint-Moïse in the village of Rubuh in the Kaduna state.
Vatican News reported that the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed that gunmen riding motorcycles also targeted four villages, starting from Ungwan Fada and moving into Ungwan Turawa, before Ungwan Makama and then Rubu.
CRUX reported that witnesses said the criminals responsible for the attack had helicopters, but the local government refuted this and claimed the helicopter was used by officials in a rescue mission.
The Christian Association of Nigeria condemned Sunday’s attacks and said churches in Nigeria had become ‘targets’ of armed groups.
Vatican News reported that the deputy governor of Kaduna State, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, expressed her deep sadness with the attacks, condoled with the families of the deceased victims, and prayed for the repose of their souls.
No group had claimed responsibility for the attack in Kaduna.
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