YOLA, Nigeria Jan 27 Assailants armed with guns
and explosives killed 22 people in at a busy church service in a
northeast Nigerian village, witnesses said on Monday, in a
region where Islamist sect Boko Haram is resisting a military
They set off bombs and fired shots into the crowd during the
attack on the Catholic church in Waga Chakawa village in Adamawa
state, before burning houses and taking residents hostage during
a four hour siege, witnesses said.
President Goodluck Jonathan is struggling to contain Boko
Haram in remote rural regions in the country's northeastern
corner, where the sect first launched an uprising in 2009.
The shady sect, which wants to impose sharia law on a
country split roughly equally between Christians and Muslims,
has killed thousands over the past four-and-a-half years, and is
considered the biggest security risk in Africa's top oil
exporter and second largest economy after South Africa.
(Reporting by Imma Ande; Writing by Joe Brock; Editing by Tim
Cocks and Mike Collett-White)