22 January 2012
Muslim gunmen killed nine people and wounded 12 others in the latest round of religious violence to hit northern
, a community elder said. The attack, in the early hours of Sunday morning, came less than a day after Boko Haram, Nigeria’s Islamist separatist insurgents, said it carried out coordinated bombings that left as many as 160 people dead on Friday night. Bukata Zhyadi, traditional elder of a Christian ethnic group, said nine bodies had been found at dawn on Sunday in the town of Nigeria in Bauchi state. Tafawa Balewa
“We are going around the town checking [for more],” he said. Twelve people were wounded, he said, adding that witnesses blamed the attack on a Muslim ethnic group.
Explosions struck two churches in the northern Nigerian city of
on Sunday, witnesses said, destroying one of them completely. Bauchi township resident Garbi Ali said he heard two explosions at around 2 a.m. on Sunday, before anyone would be likely to be in church, and went out to investigate. Bauchi
Alli told Reuters that "One of the churches was at the railway line. They just destroyed the gate. But the other one at Fadama was completely destroyed and the roof collapsed."