NIGERIA: Boko Haram Attacks Another Christian Town

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According to Reuters, the Boko Haram militants raided Shani- a mostly Christian town. According to witnesses, they arrived on motorcycles, after nightfall, throwing bombs. This is the third attack this year.

Boko Haram attacks a Christian town
Boko Haram attacks a Christian town

A resident Ishaya Brimah, told Reuters on phone from a nearby village on Sunday: “They rode on motorcycles and were more than 30 men. They started throwing bombs into houses… then the Boko Haram fired shots at people fleeing. They set ablaze the police station, houses and a telecom mast… I saw people fleeing… some bodies on the ground.”

Another witness a shopkeeper in Shani, Shuabu Lawal, said he started hearing explosions at around 8 p.m. on Saturday evening. “A boy ran into my shop and said his father and elder brother had been shot. He was only wearing shorts, no top and sweating, despite the wintry weather. I shut down my shop immediately, leaving some items outside,” Lawal said.