Gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram insurgent group have killed six persons and burnt a church in Chibok, Borno state, TheCable has reported.
The attack was carried out on Christmas eve on the EYN (Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria) also known as Church of the Brethren in Nigeria in Pemi, a ward under Chibok local government area of Borno state.
Local sources said about six cars and five other houses of the church were burnt.
“The insurgents came in around 5:30 pm through Gogombi,” one of the villagers said.
“They came in batches of two. The first came in with a motorcycle while the other came in heavy vehicles. As soon as they entered the village, they started shooting sporadically and towards the EYN church.
“Then they set it on fire. They also torched six cars and five other buildings around the church. Some of us ran to the bush, but unfortunately six people were killed in the attack. Christians were to observe Christmas prayers in the church this morning.”
The Nigerian military mobilized to the village hours after the gunmen had left. The closest military base is about 17Km from Pemi, a military source told TheCable.
REPORT AFRIQUE could not independently confirm these attacks as military authorities could not be reached as at the time of filling this report.