Gunmen Kill Three in Attack in Nigeria’s Northeastern Maiduguri

Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Three people were killed today by unidentified gunmen in an attack on a Nigerian church in the northeastern Maiduguri, a military spokesman said.

“A family of three was gunned down when they out from church at Gwange ward,” Sagir Musa, a spokesman for the military Joint Task Force in charge of the region, said by phone today from the city. A bomb targeting troops patrolling the Bama area of Maiduguri exploded today without any casualties, he said.

Authorities in Nigeria blame Boko Haram for a surge in gun and bomb attacks in the north and the capital, Abuja, since 2009.

Nigeria’s population of more than 164 million is split almost equally between Christians in the south and Muslims in the north. The West African nation is Africa’s largest oil producer and sub-Saharan Africa’s second-biggest economy.

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