Pretty much a repeat of what happened last year.
Suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least six Christians and burned down a church in the northern Nigerian state of Yobe late on Christmas Eve, according to Nigerian army and local officials. The attack against the Church of Christ in Nations occurred in Peri village near the economic hub of Potiskum. The attackers killed a pastor and at least five worshipers during Christmas Eve services.
“A group of gunmen came into the village at midnight and went straight to the church… they opened fire on them, killing the pastor and five worshipers. They then set fire to the church,” Usman Mansir, a resident of the village, told Nigeria’s PM News. Residents also claimed that the gunmen set fire to several homes surrounding the church, adding that many residents who lived near the church had fled during the attack and were still in hiding.
A separate attack against worshipers at the First Baptist Church in Maiduguri, Borno state, killed a deacon and five church members, according to CNN. Borno state has a predominately Muslim population, and Boko Haram considers Borno its defacto headquarters, according to the BBC.
Boko Haram has yet to claim responsibility for the Christmas Eve attacks, however, the militant organization had carried out a wave of similar attacks against churches and Christians in 2011 and 2010. Earlier this year, Boko Haram stated that it seeks “to eradicate Christians” from areas in Nigeria.