Boko Haram kill Christian worshippers and burn churches in latest Nigeria attack

The latest attacks took place near Chibok, from where the schoolgirls pictured were abducted Photo: Boko Haram/AFP

By Colin Freeman

Suspected Islamist militants launch simultaneous attacks on villages close to town from which more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped in April, killing at least 30

 Suspected Boko Haram militants have mounted two deadly attacks just a few miles from the Nigerian village where they abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in April.

The gunmen burst into four churches in the village of Kwada, spraying gunfire at Sunday worshippers and then setting the churches alight.

Witnesses said that they had recovered at least 30 bodies, with the corpses of others who had tried to flee being discovered in the nearby bushes.

“They killed dozens of people and burned houses after attacking worshippers,” said Mallam Yahi, a member of a local self-protection force, who fled to the nearby town of Chibok, six miles away, from where the schoolgirls were abducted.

The latest attacks will raise concerns that the Nigerian army has failed to make good on pledges to improve security in the area, where the militants have long had the upper hand.

Source: The Telegraph

Publish Date: 

Monday, 30 June 2014