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Gunmen kill 15 at Christian workshop in Kano

posted 29 Apr 2012, 11:16 by Mpelembe   [ updated 29 Apr 2012, 11:17 ]

Gunmen kill at least 15 Christian worshippers at a university theatre used for prayers in northern Nigerian town of Kano.

KANO, NIGERIA (APRIL 29, 2012) (CHANNELS TV) - Gunmen killed at least 15 people and wounded many more on Sunday (April 29) in an attack on a university theatre being used by Christian worshippers in Kano, a northern Nigerian city where hundreds have died in Islamist attacks this year.

Security sources said gunmen arrived on motorbikes and threw small home-made bombs into the theatre before shooting fleeing worshippers. There was sporadic gunfire in other parts of the city later on from attackers driven from the university by the army, the sources said.

A security source said at least 15 people were dead and a source at the hospital said by telephone he had seen 10-15 dead bodies brought in with gunshot wounds and dozens more wounded were being treated.

Radical Islamist sect Boko Haram, which wants to carve out an Islamic state in northern Nigeria, has killed hundreds in bomb and gun attacks this year. It mainly targets police and authority figures but has also attacked churches.

The army said it had secured the area.