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Aug 07, 2012 13:06
Category: Religious News

Nigeria - Church Attack

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — An army official says gunmen shot dead at least 19 people in a Christian church in central Nigeria.

Lt. Col. Gabriel Olorunyomi told The Associated Press on Tuesday that gunmen stormed a church building where worshippers had gathered to pray late Monday in the town of Otite, near the city of Okene.

He said the pastor was killed and "many" were injured but he could not immediately say how many because they had been taken to different hospitals.

He said authorities are still searching for people who may have run into nearby bushes.

He declined to say who they suspected and there has been no claim of responsibility for the attack.

However, a radical Islamist sect has claimed responsibility for several church attacks in Nigeria this year.