Four die in Nigeria church attacks
Jun 11 2012
At least four people have died in bomb and gun attacks on two churches in Nigeria.
The violence in Jos and Biu, a city in north-eastern Borno state, comes as almost every weekend this year has seen churches targeted by a radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram.
While no group immediately claimed responsibility for Sunday's dual attacks, they bore the hallmarks of the sect's previous assaults, which continue despite a heavy military presence.
In Jos, a city on the uneasy dividing line between Nigeria's largely Muslim north and Christian south, a suicide car bomber drove towards the compound of the Evangelical Church Winning All chapel in the city and detonated his bomb nearby, said police.
The shockwave brought down a portion of the building, causing injuries inside.
Angry youths later surrounded the area, striking back against Muslims in retaliatory violence, witnesses said. Two people and the suicide bomber were killed, while more than 40 others were wounded.
Meanwhile in Biu, gunmen opened fire during a service at an EYN church, an acronym that means "Church of the Brethen in Nigeria" in the local Hausa language of Nigeria's north, witnesses said. An usher and another worshipper at the church were killed in the attack while others were injured.
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