5 killed in Nigeria attack

2011-12-20 19:22

Kano - Gunmen killed five people in a pre-dawn attack on Tuesday in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, the epicentre of post-election violence earlier this year, police said.

The attackers armed with guns stormed Kagoro town in the predominantly Christian area of southern Kaduna where hundreds died after the April elections.

"There was an attack on Angwan Rami area of Kagoro by unidentified gunmen early this morning," said Kaduna state police spokesperson Aminu Lawan.

"Five people were killed in the attack and five others were injured," he said.

Post-election violence in southern Kaduna soon degenerated into sectarian unrest earlier this year, leaving churches and mosques burnt.

The unrest started as the results of the April 16 election came in showing that President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian from the south, was running ahead of opposition politician Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim from the north.

Human Rights Watch said more than 800 people were killed in three days of fighting after the vote in northern Nigeria - with most of the killings occurred in parts of southern Kaduna where Christians are the majority.