Gunmen have shot dead five Christian residents of a town in a restive northeastern Nigerian region previously hit by deadly Islamist attacks, the police said Sunday.
The gunmen stormed the home of five Christian ethnic Igbos from eastern Nigeria in Gaidam town late 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 135 kilometres (84 miles) 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.
Egbuniwe did not say whether Boko Haram was behind the killing.
In November last year, the Islamist militant group launched coordinated 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 spokesman said.
Nigeria’s northeast has been hard hit by deadly attacks blamed on Boko Haram.
Attacks by the group and the security forces’ response to the insurgency are believed to have claimed more than 2,800 lives since 2009.
Headlines Newsview all
As fresh facts begin to emerge about the Ikorodu banks robbery operation where N80 million was reportedly carted away a fortnight ago, one of the ... Full story
Bill Cosby testified in 2005 that he got Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with, and ... Full story
Four besotted women duped out of almost £100,000 by a lonely hearts conman posing as a Marine commando will be paid back just a few ... Full story
Rate this article
- Greece Debt Crisis: No Concrete Plan Before Summit
- French Troops Kill AQIM's Ali Ag Wadossene In Mali
- Migrant Dies On Channel Tunnel Train Trying To Reach UK
Odegbami vows to lead Nigerians to resist foreign coach 1980 Africa Cup of Nations winner, Segun Odegbami has kicked against the hiring of a foreign ... Full story
THE Nigeria Weightlifting Federation (NWF) has started preparations that will see it poach gold medals at the forthcoming All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville in ... Full story
For a while now, the duo of Biodun Okeowo and her actress friend, Wuraola have been at loggerheads over lesbi@nism accusations. The whole drama started when ...
Sacked Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has told Nigerians to leave him alone after being relieved of his duties by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) ...
Beyond the new logo Wema Bank has launched, beyond the new brand Wema Bank would want you to buy into, there is a rotten system. ...
The Fenerbahce striker, Emmanuel Emenike is upset with his coach especially for ‘leaking’ his personal information to the media. According to the striker, he was ...
Responding to viral reports that he had converted to Islam, Nigerian international football player, Emmanuel Emenike, shared the above image on social media and captioned: “I ... Full story
The fuel crisis situation in the country got worse through the weekend as the scarcity continued unabated in Lagos Abuja, Nasarawa and environs. This is happening ...
Aww it’s a season of welcoming babies in the entertainment industry. Just after Karen Igho put to bed yesterday, ace photographer Yomi Black and wife, ...