Boko Haram again? Most likely.
IT was like a scene from a war film. A crowd of worshippers in a church — perhaps praying, their eyes shut — and suddenly the eerie sounds of guns. Pandemonium. Blood, tears and anguish.
But it was no movie. All was real last night in Okene, Kogi State where unknown gunmen stormed a church and opened fire on worshippers, killing no fewer than 16.
Killed were worshippers of Deeper Life Bible Church opposite the Federal College of Education (FCE). Many were injured.
“We are shocked. It is serious,” a Pastor told The Nation last night.
The gunmen, who were said to be bearing sophisticated weapons, stormed the church during the Bible Study, a Monday programme, at about 7p.m., shooting indiscriminately.
The gunmen reportedly took the worshippers by surprise. They blocked all entrances into the church, preventing people from escaping as they fired indiscriminately at the worshippers.
A source said 15 worshippers died on the spot; one died in the hospital.
Previous Muslim butchery out of Nigeria:
- Islam: 8 killed in attack on church service at Nigerian university
- Obama official: Islam has nothing to do with Boko Haram’s relentless slaughter of Nigeria’s Christians
- Nigeria: Muslim group Boko Haram slaughters 38 in Easter bombing
- Nigeria: Islamic suicide bomber kills at least 10 during Mass at Catholic church
- Nigeria: Islamist sect Boko Haram burns down 7 schools
- Boko Haram strikes again as a Nigerian church is bombed, killing 4
- Nigeria: Boko Haram slices throat of 79-year-old Christian woman, stick Bible under her feet
- Video: Meet Nigeria’s Boko Haram
- Nigeria: Islamist group Boko Haram blows up church during Christmas Mass, kills 27
- Nigeria’s Fulani Muslims slaughter 45 Christians
- Nigerian Islamists Boko Harem go on bloody rampage, burn churches, kill at least 150
- Nigerian Muslims shoot, hack to death 14 Christians
- Another 18 Christians slaughtered by Muslims Nigeria
- Nigerian Muslim youths hack to death Christian family of 8
- Another 15 Christians butchered in Nigeria
- Nigerian Islamists bomb another church, 3 dead, 7 critically wounded
- Nigerian Islamists blow up another beer garden, kill 10
- Nigeria: Muslims attack beer garden, kill 25 injure 30 with bombs and gunfire
- Nigerian Muslims bomb church, kill 3 children
- Nigerian Muslims blow up cathedral, kill 16 Christians
- Nigerian Muslims slaughter 17 Christians, including wife and 3 children of pastor
- Post-election rampage in Nigeria leaves heaps of charred Christian corpses
- Muslims continue to riot, burn, and slaughter in Nigeria after election loss; Christians retaliate
- Nigerian Muslims riot, burn, kill after Christian incumbent wins big in Presidential election
- Nigeria: 1000 Machete-wielding Muslims attack, torch village; elderly feared burned up in their homes
- RoP Slaughter 32 Christians and Wound 74 in Nigeria