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Nigeria –North (#23 WWL <http://members.opendoorsusa.org/worldwatchlist/> )
Boko Haram attack 'kills 63' in Damaturu
At least 63 people have been killed in bomb and gun attacks in the north-eastern Nigerian town of Damaturu, the Red Cross says.Witnesses said the bombs hit several targets, including churches and the headquarters of the Yobe state police.The Islamist militant group Boko Haram told a newspaper it was behind the attack and that it planned to hit further government targets.A Nigerian journalist told the BBC he personally counted nearly 100 bodies. "I saw 97 dead bodies in the morgue," Aminu Abubakar, who is in Damaturu, said."But an official involved in the evacuation told me that he counted 150 dead bodies although some had been taken away by their loved ones," he said A Roman Catholic parish priest told our correspondent his church had been burnt down and eight other churches also attacked.He described gangs of young men roaming the streets throwing improvised bombs into the churches.
Source: BBC News Africa <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15605041#story_continues_2>
· For comfort for Christians bereaved or made homeless through violence.
· Thank God that the Church is becoming more united as a result of opposition.
· For wisdom and courage for church leaders reaching out to their Muslim neighbours and caring for converts.
Source: Open Doors South Africa <http://www.opendoors.org.za/eng/persecuted_christians/file_country_profiles/nigeria/>