Gunmen kill three in central Nigeria mosque attack

By REUTERS
August 8, 2012 13:01

ABUJA - Gunmen killed three people in an attack on a mosque in the Nigerian town of Okene on Tuesday, a day after 19 were killed in gunfire at a church in the same town in a new outbreak of sectarian violence in central Nigeria, police said on Wednesday.

"There was a fresh attack yesterday at a mosque in Okene. Two soldiers died and another person in the crossfire," Kogi State Police Commissioner Muhammed Katsina told Reuters.

On Monday, gunmen blocked the exits to the Deeper Life Church and fired at trapped worshipers, killing 19 people. The initial death toll was 16 but a further three died in hospital, authorities said.

Kogi State Governor Idris Wada ordered an all-night curfew in Okene and surrounding areas in an effort to stem the violence.


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