Gunmen kill 14 churchgoers after services in Nigeria

Source: The Guardian

Killers reportedly operated at two locations in coordinated attack on Christians returning from churches

At least 14 people have been killed and 12 injured in attacks on Christians in Nigeria.
 At least 14 people have been killed and 12 injured in attacks on Christians in Nigeria. Photograph: Reuters

Gunmen killed at least 14 churchgoers returning from midnight services on Monday in Nigeria’s Rivers State, a police source said, after the latest violence to hit the oil-rich region.

“The gunmen opened fire on a set of worshippers at about 12.30am on Monday,” said Ugochi Olugbo, a relative of one of the victims who were attending a New Year’s Eve service.

The Nigeria Independent reported gunmen operated at two different locations, the Kirigani and Oboh axis of Aligu, Omoku, in a coordinated attack on Christians returning from church services.

“Fourteen persons died on the spot, while 12 who sustained gunshot wounds were rushed to the hospital and are receiving medical attention,” said a police source who asked to remain anonymous.

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