20 die in attack on church services

2012-04-29 18:10

Kano - Attackers armed with bombs and guns opened fire at outdoor church services at a Nigerian university on Sunday, killing about 20 people as they tried to flee, witnesses and officials said.

A powerful explosion and gunfire rocked Bayero University in the northern city of Kano, with witnesses reporting that two church services were targeted as they were being held outdoors on the campus.

At least a dozen bodies could be seen on a roadside by the university, but the exact number was unclear.

Musical instruments and half-eaten meals could be seen at the site of one of the services.

An army spokesperson confirmed the attack but could not provide a casualty toll.

It appeared as if the attackers used bombs and gunfire in the assault.

Witnesses said the attackers arrived in a car and two motorcycles, opening fire and throwing homemade bombs, causing a stampede.

They said worshippers were gunned down as they tried to flee.





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