In its renewed attack on Christians after the deadly Christmas Day bombing of a church in Madalla, Nigeria State, the notorious Boko Haram sect on Thursday again attacked a branch of the Deeper Life Bible Church in Gombe, killing six worshipers including the wife of the pastor, Johnson Tauro, and injuring ten others.
The affected branch of the church is located in Nasarawo district of Gombe town, which is also the capital of Gombe State. Gombe State before the imposition of selective emergency rule in four states in the north had been relatively peaceful and devoid of the serial Boko Haram bombings.
“I lost my wife during the gun shot when they began opening fire on us through the window of the church. “They were in large number when they attacked us and I cannot ascertain their number, because we just began hearing gunshots inside the church and everybody within began to run for safety,” Pastor Tauro narrated.
According to Pastor Jauro, the sect struck at about 7 pm with sophisticated weapons which they shot sporadically into the air to announce their arrival.
Pastor Jauro disclosed that the ten people wounded include children and women who were in the church for a vigil. He said the causalities were taken to both the Gombe Specialist Hospital and the Federal Medical
Centre in the town for medical attention.
A joint military patrol arrived the scene of the incident shortly after the shooting to assist the injured seek medical attention.