5 killed in Nigeria church attack



MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Witnesses say gunmen shot dead at least five people attending a church worship service in northeast Nigeria, including the pastor. That comes as gunmen killed at least 16 in a separate attack.

Witnesses say the gunmen attacked a Church of Christ in Nigeria church Sunday in Maiduguri, the spiritual home of the radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram. The witnesses declined to be named for fear of reprisals.

Police spokesman Samuel Tizhe confirmed the attack took place.

Meanwhile Sunday, the Nigerian Red Cross said at least 16 people were killed in an attack on church services at the campus of Bayero University in the northern city of Kano.

No group has claimed the attacks, though they mirror others carried out by Boko Haram.