One killed, several injured in attack on church in Kaduna State, Nigeria

28 September 2021

One person was killed and several others wounded when gunmen opened fire during a Sunday morning church service on 26 September in Kaduna State, Nigeria.

The attack took place at the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) congregation in Gabaciwa, Kachia Local Government Area.

The Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said some members of the congregation sustained serious injuries and were taken to hospital.

Kaduna governor Nasir El-Rufai [Image credit: Punch]

Aruwan added that Kaduna’s governor Nasir El-Rufai condemned the attack, describing it as “an evil act targeting innocent citizens exercising their constitutional and universal rights to religious freedom”.

The Gabaciwa attack took place a week after five gunmen invaded an early morning Sunday service at the ECWA church in Okedayo, Kogi State, killing one and abducting three.

The President of ECWA, Pastor Stephen Baba Panya, complained in August 2021 that the Nigerian government and security services were failing to protect Christians, noting “all human authorities have woefully failed us”.

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