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December 26th, 2012
01:10 AM ET

12 killed in attacks on two churches in Nigeria

By CNN Staff

(CNN) - At least 12 people died in northern Nigeria when attackers raided two churches during Christmas Eve services, police said.

One assault occurred at the Church of Christ in Nations in Postikum, in Yobe province. Gunmen attacked worshipers during prayer, killing six people, including the pastor, and setting the building on fire

Worshipers also were attacked at the First Baptist Church in Maiduguri, in Borno state. A deacon and five church members were killed.

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- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Christianity • Nigeria • Pope Benedict XVI

soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Christianity is a form of mental illness- FACT

    If they hadnt been christards in a muslime majority, they wouldnt be dead. Now they can ask their sky wizard why.

    December 27, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • ((sigh))...

      1.) Human beings beating eachother up over philosophy is never appropriate.

      2.) The word is "muslim"

      3.) "Tard" is still not a word.

      December 28, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of mental illness- FACT

      ((sigh))

      And you dont get it. Of course Christard is a word and it is muslime..tards and slime.

      Sigh with eyes crossed

      December 31, 2012 at 10:42 am |
  2. Guest

    This is outright war on Christianity by Muslims. Peaceful worshipers who were killed for practicing their faith on their church's holy ground during a holy day. There are absolutely no arguments & no justifications for this atrocity that will be believed. Ever.
    This act & others like it around the globe makes a sham out of the Islamic rhetoric. Shameful. Just shameful.

    December 27, 2012 at 1:40 am |
  3. Mohammad A Dar

    People who shoot and kill people are barbarians, and Benedict does not need to get dramatic in his "Message of Peace", goon

    December 26, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
  4. Pravda

    This can be summed up in the words of Jeff Dunham, and Achmed the dead terrorist – "I kill you!"

    December 26, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  5. Note to Humanity

    Good reason none of us should get too bent out of shape over our existential opinions.

    December 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  6. Reality

    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers, Flight 93 and the Pentagon?

    And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror?

    The koran, mohammed's book of death for all infidels and muslim domination of the world by any means,

    Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of mohammed.

    Then we can talk about the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein.

    Until then, no muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

    December 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • Reality

      حرض ما الهجوم على برجي مركز التجارة العالمي، الرحلة رقم 93 والبنتاغون؟

      From Google Translate in Arabic even though English is the official language of Nigeria. There is no doubt that some Arab terrorists are assisting the Islamist Boko Haram, militant jihadists who seek to establish sharia law in Nothern Nigeria.

      وما يدفع اليوم 24/7 مسجد / الإمام مخططة أعمال الإرهاب والرعب؟

      القرآن الكريم، كتاب محمد للالإعدام بالنسبة لجميع الكفار والهيمنة مسلم في العالم بأي وسيلة،

      يجب تنظيف المسلمين وقال هذا الكتاب إزالة المقاطع الاعتراف بأن لأنها تستند إلى أسطورة غابرييل، وبالتالي من الواضح أن الهلوسة و / أو أكاذيب محمد.

      بعد ذلك يمكننا الحديث عن سلامة ومكان المساجد وما يتم تدريسه فيها.

      حتى ذلك الحين، يمكن الوثوق في أي وقت أي مسلم في أي مكان أو ..................................

      December 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  7. Pravda

    Islam is the most intolerant religion in the world. In fact it is not a religion, but a twisted political party, like the Borg in Star Trek. We are Islam, Resistance is Futile, You will be Assimilated...

    December 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • Akira

      In fact you are a religious bigot, and as such, are no better that the people you are condemning.

      December 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • Pravda

      What part of my statement is incorrect? Saudi Arabia has created what Nazi Germany wanted – A Jew free state. In many Middle East countries, If you try to leave Islam you are disowned. If you teach a different religion you are imprisoned. Non-Islamic places of worship are attacked and burned on a weekly if not daily basis.

      December 26, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • Akira

      I am aware of what Islam teaches, and I am also aware of what the OT taught, and it seems to me the similarities are striking.

      December 26, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • Guest

      We judge the Muslim religion by it's CURRENT actions all over the world Akira. The Old Testament is exactly that ...OLD & replaced by the New Testament that does not reflect the intolerance that Islam requires as a part of being a "good" Muslim.

      December 27, 2012 at 12:32 am |
  8. Leigh

    Killing of Christian is becoming unbearable,..we should rather go our different ways by dividing this country period.

    December 26, 2012 at 4:53 am |
    • sam stone

      leigh....you suggest seccession and starting your own christian nation? good luck with that

      December 26, 2012 at 8:47 am |
    • sam stone

      i suggest you stay south of mason-dixon line, as you folks are already a stronghold there

      December 26, 2012 at 8:48 am |
  9. sam stone

    "REALLY KILLING OF CHRISTIANS IN NIGERIA AT RANDOM IS BECOMING UNBEARABLE."

    Not to me

    December 26, 2012 at 4:46 am |
    • Observer

      People hunt witches and burn women. Just because there are not dieties does not mean your fellow man does not exist.

      December 26, 2012 at 7:19 am |
    • sam stone

      i agree

      December 26, 2012 at 8:50 am |
    • Topher

      You're OK with killing people?

      December 26, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • shocked

      Killing of anyone should be considered unbearable.

      December 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
    • Guest

      How morally bankrupt you are to advocate murder of unarmed Christians on their holy day. You lack humanity & honor.

      December 27, 2012 at 1:46 am |
  10. Rev Dr Felix Nwosu

    REALLY KILLING OF CHRISTIANS IN NIGERIA AT RANDOM IS BECOMING UNBEARABLE. THIS REALLY HAPPENED YESTERDAY AND IS PAINFUL AND IT WAS A BLACK CHRISTMAS FOR NIGERIAN CHRISTIAN, I AM APPEALING TO INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS TO SPEAK TO OUR GOVERNMENT TO WAKE UP FROM THEIR SLEEP AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT BEFORE THEIR WILL BE RELIGIOUS WAR IN NIGERIA. BECAUSE IF NOTHING IS DONE TO CHECKMATE ALL THIS THE CHRISTIANS WOULDN'T HAVE ANY OTHER ALTERNATIVE THAN TO DEFEND THEMSELF. I GAVE THE WARNING ABOUT THE SIGNALS THEY DONT MIND US OR TAKE THINGS SERIOUS HERE. THAT'S THE PROBLEM HERE.IS REALLY A TRAGEDY.

    December 26, 2012 at 3:34 am |
    • Note to Humanity

      People being inhumane to one another is never excusable. I hope that human cruelty ends.

      December 26, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  11. Rational Humanist

    So they were killed for not being "sufficiently Islamist".

    Gee, I wonder what sort of people would do that? Hmmmm.

    December 26, 2012 at 3:22 am |

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