December 2012 shootings in Nigeria

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December 2012 Nigeria bombings
Part of the Nigerian Sharia conflict
December 2012 shootings in Nigeria is located in Nigeria
December 2012 shootings in Nigeria (Nigeria)
Location Nigeria Maiduguri, Potiskum, Nigeria
Date 25, 28 December 2012 (UTC+01:00)
Target Nigerian Christians
Attack type
Spree shootings, arson
Deaths 27

Two shootings in Nigeria occurred on Christmas Day church services in northern Nigeria on 25 December 2012, at churches in Maiduguri and Potiskum. At least twelve casualties were reported. Terror organisation Boko Haram claimed not to be responsible, however is suspected to be.[1]

In the city of Potiskum, Yobe, in the north east of the country armed men shot at least 6 church-goers. Afterwards the church was set in fire. In Maiduguri as well 6 church-goers were killed, including the priest of the church.[2]

Three days later, on 28 December, in the village of Musari another fifteen Christians were killed. Attackers invaded the village and cut their throats while asleep. The victims included a traffic police officer and fourteen civilians.[3]

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  1. ^ "Deadly Christmas attack on Nigeria church – Africa". Al Jazeera English. December 25, 2012. Retrieved December 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ "12 killed in attacks on two churches in Nigeria". CNN. December 25, 2012. Retrieved December 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Vijftien christenen gedood in dorp Musari – Het Nieuwsblad" [Fifteen Christians slain in Muscari village]. (in Dutch). December 30, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2013.