Gunmen kill 10 in Christian village raid

KANO, Nigeria (AFP) – Gunmen raided a mainly Christian village in Nigeria’s restive Kaduna State, killing 10 people, including a pastor and injuring four others, police said Saturday.

“Ten people were killed in an attack on Nayi village in Chikun local government by unknown gunmen,” state police spokesman Aminu Lawan said.

“Four other people were injured in the attack. The gunmen raided homes of their victims on Thursday night. A pastor was among the dead,” he said.

He said police had deployed to Nayi outside the town of Zonkwa in the mainly Christian-dominated southern Kaduna where hundreds were killed in violence which erupted following the April 2011 election victory of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The violence turned sectarian with fighting between Christian and Muslim youths. Human Rights Watch says at least 800 people were killed in the unrest that gripped several of Nigeria’s northern states.

Since then, there have been spates of sporadic nocturnal attacks on Christian villages in the area in what seemed to be reprisals for the post-election mayhem.

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Gunmen kill 10 in Christian village raid