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5 Christians fatally shot in Nigeria

Dec. 26, 2012 at 10:34 AM

POTISKUM, Nigeria, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Suspected Boko Haram militant gunmen in Nigeria fatally shot five Christian worshipers who were praying, police said.

The shooting happened in the city of Potiskum at about 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Xinhua reported.

"They opened fire on the worshipers while praying and observing the Christmas celebration at about 2 a.m. local time on Tuesday, " a security official said.

"Five of the worshipers died and some were injured. The gunmen also burnt down the church after the killing," Barnabas Musa, a Potiskum resident who also lost a relative in the attack.

The pastor of the church was among those killed, Musa said.

No arrests have been made; police are investigating the incident.

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