Eight Christians killed in 24-hour period by Boko Haram

The Irish Catholic newspaper reports that Eight Christians have been killed in a Boko Haram attack in north-eastern Nigeria.

The attack, one of three launched by the militant group over a 24-hour period, targeted the Christians as they walked home from a Sunday Mass service on September 18 in Kwanjilari village, near Chibok, where the group abducted over 250 girls in 2014.

The attack on the worshipers was followed by an ambush on a military convoy in which six civilians died and three soldiers were injured. A later attack on the village of Tallari, also near Chibok, saw militants behead the village chief and his son before opening fire on villagers, killing two.

The series of attacks come amid an on-going struggle within Boko Haram for the leadership of the fundamentalist Islamist group.

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