By Louis Knuffke
In a terrorist attacks on two churches in northern Nigeria, eight people were killed and 38 kidnapped on Sunday morning during a Catholic Mass and a Baptist service, according to a report from the Christian Association of Nigeria.
The violence came just two weeks after a similar event occurred in southwest Nigeria. On June 9, men armed with AK-47s and explosives attacked Catholics attending Mass at St. Francis Church in Owo. Forty people were killed and 87 hospitalized.
The government suspects the terrorist group Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) is responsible for the June 9 attack, though ISWAP has not claimed responsibility.
“We have been able to see the footprint of ISWAP in the horrendous attack in Owo and we are after them. Our security agencies are on their trail and we will bring them to justice,” Interior Minister Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola said at the time.
According to a Reuters report, “ISWAP, predominantly active in northeastern Nigeria and neighboring Chad, is one of two major Islamist insurgent groups that have been fighting each other and the Nigerian military for years. Hundreds of thousands have died and millions have been displaced.”