30th April, 2012
Suspected Islamic militants attacked a Christian worship service in northern Nigeria Sunday, 29th April, killing more than a dozen people and injuring many others, an evangelist told BosNewsLife from the region.
"This morning Christians were attacked while worshiping in Bayero University in Kano in Kano state. At least 15 people are dead and many injured," said evangelist Paul Jongas, who is also a BosNewsLife stringer.
Witnesses said the attackers arrived at Bayero University by motorcycle and a car, hurling explosive devices and opening fire.
There has been no immediate claim of responsibility, but the radical Islamic group Boko Haram has targeted Nigerian Christians in the past.
Last Christmas, at least four bomb blasts killed 39 people, including dozens at a Catholic church near Abuja.
The Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is sinful," claimed responsibility for those attacks.
The group has said it wants to establish an Islamic state in northern Nigeria and does not recognize the government or the country's
constitution. It also demands that Christians leave the northern regions and has urged more Muslims to settle there instead.
Nigeria's population of 150 million is about evenly divided between Muslims, who mostly live in the north, and Christians who dominate in the south.
Hundreds of others died last year in bombings and shootings blamed on Boko Haram, according to Christians and rights activists.