Boko Haram Islamists Torch Three Catholic Churches, Murder Three Nuns
Destruction left in the wake of an attack by Boko Haram, Bama, Nigeria, Feb. 20, 2014. (VOA)
Dozens of people have been killed in another suspected rampage by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in northern Nigeria.
The group is believed to be behind a string of attacks in the Madagali and Michika Local Government Areas, in Adamawa State, on Wednesday.
Gunmen armed with rocket propelled grenades and explosives descended on Kirchiga Village before turning their weapons on Shuwari, Shuwa and Michika Town.
At least 28 people were killed and an unknown number injured.
The Nigerian station Channels TV reported that three Catholic churches were set ablaze in Michika Town and that three Catholic nuns may be among the victims.
In Shuwa Village, Saint Joseph’s Minor Seminary was set on fire, as well as the home of a former commissioner and a maternity health centre.
The attackers also torched homes and looted shops and other property.
In another attack on Wednesday, unknown gunmen killed two members of the same family in Diyam-Rim village, in the Riyom Local Government Council of Plateau State.
The attacks have been condemned by Christian Solidarity Worldwide’s Mervyn Thomas, who warned that a “brutal and indiscriminate onslaught” was taking place in the region.
At the Catholic seminary near Lassa in Borno state, at least five bodies were recovered. Two security men and three Catholic nuns were among the dead.