According to the authorities of the African country, at least one person was killed and several injured on Sunday in an attack by unknown gunmen on a Protestant church in the north of the country in the Nigerian state of Kaduna.
Homeland Security Commissioner Samuel Aruwan has indicated that the wounded have been rushed to hospital, adding that Kaduna Governor Nasir el Rufai condemned the attack and regards it as an attempt to “create a split.” ” the state.
“It is an evil act against innocent citizens who have exercised their constitutional and universal right to religious freedom,” Aruwan said, emphasizing that Al Rufai has argued that “criminals are trying to arouse religious sensibility.”
“The security authorities will receive further details, which the government will inform the public in due course,” he said after the attack in the city of Gabaciwa, as reported by the Nigerian newspaper “Vanguard”.
On the flip side, another ten students kidnapped in an attack on a school in the state in early July were released on Sunday, bringing the number of those released to 110, according to the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria. (CAN) in Kaduna, John Hayab.
In this context, he emphasized in statements to the Nigerian state news agency NAN that on Sunday afternoon ten students from the Bethel Baptist Institute in Maraban Damishi were released while “eleven are still with the bandits”. “Thank you to all Nigerians for your prayers and support. I trust God the rest will be released very soon, ”he concluded.
Nigerian authorities announced on Friday the arrest of three people suspected of being involved in the July 5 kidnapping, which resulted in the kidnapping of 121 students. The releases were made after the parents paid the ransom, although the authorities have not yet made a decision on this point.
Kaduna is one of the most severely affected states in the country by criminal groups and the kidnapping of hundreds of students. Their communities, like those of other states further north, have been the scene of constant attacks by bandits, which, despite the use of police and military agents, continued without a discount.
The attacks in Nigeria, previously concentrated in the north-east of the country, where Boko Haram and its spin-off Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) had been operating to other areas in the north and north-west in recent months, raised alarms for possible expansion of these terrorist and criminal networks.