Pastor, 2 children killed in fresh Boko Haram attack

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen on Thursday opened fire on a church in Dorowa in Nigeria’s north eastern state of Yobe, killing the pastor and his two children before setting fire to the building and fleeing, the military said.

Boko Haram, which has said it is fighting to create an Islamic state in mainly Muslim northern Nigeria, has repeatedly attacked churches in its four-year insurgency.

“Unknown gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists attacked” the church in Yobe state early on Thursday, area military spokesman Eli Lazarus said in a statement.

“During the attack, a pastor and his two children were killed,” he said.

The church “and two other houses in the community were burnt by the gunmen before fleeing the scene of the incident,” the statement further said.

The killings occurred in the town of Dorawa, some 30 kilometres (18 miles) from the site of a brutal school attack in July that saw dozens of students slaughtered.

Bama prison destroyed by Boko Haram: pastor and his children  killed  in fresh attack
Bama prison destroyed by Boko Haram: pastor and his children killed in fresh attack

Yobe was one of three northeastern states placed under a state of emergency in mid-May as the military launched a major offensive aimed at crushing Boko Haram.

Yobe has seen less violence than neighbouring Borno state, Boko Haram’s base, but the insurgents have carried out major attacks there.

Attacks on churches, including suicide bombings, were once a near weekly occurence but have declined in recent months.

Since the emergency measures were imposed Boko Haram has largely targeted civilians as well as vigilante groups which have formed to help the military.

The latest violence came after the emergence of a new video, in which a man who resembles Boko Haram’s leader mocked reports of his possible death.

Abubakar Shekau, declared a global terrorist by the United States, taunted the regional military spokesman who said he “may have been” fatally wounded in a clash on June 30.

While Shekau’s whereabouts and condition are unknown, the violence has continued, casting doubt on the success of the four-month-old military offensive.

The Boko Haram conflict was earlier this year estimated to have killed more than 3,600 people, including deaths caused by the security forces. The current toll is likely much higher.


  1. Adamu moris

    We christians should be careful how live in houses cos as a north easterner, i want 2 tell us that b.h is a modern jihad group that was set up decades ago by islam to fight christianity in nigeria.but woe unto them in jesus name.

  2. vandi yakubu

    no one can fight christianity and go free. ……………..?????????? Anti christ at d peak of their oppresion.

  3. barka vandi

    we christian should not look at it as a strange thing our lord Jesus have earlier prophesied such things. Lets keep praying for them so that god will open their eyes.

  4. Sunnied

    Dear God – I pray for my brothers and sisters in Nigeria. I beg you to keep them safe. Please comfort the family and friends of the pastor and his children. I pray that you change the hearts of those who perpetrate evil. Show those in Boko Haram the love of Jesus, which is the only way they will change. Amen.


    this is incredible!!!

  6. jugu sunday

    oh Lord have mercy on your children, innocent souls are taking prematuredly for selfish needs.Father take over leadership of this nation.

  7. James

    Haha, kila gbe, kile ju. This criminals did not have the support of their generations, so why all this?

  8. ade

    Boko Haram members are devil reincarnation. God shall destroy your generation in Jesus name. Hell fire is awaiting you these animals

  9. paulfit

    Lord have mercy on us all… These are the signs of the end…worse than this will happen…my prayer for everyone is God’s protect and revelation of HIS son JESUS to everyone living so we all can be saved…I pray that this young boys knew JESUS before they met their end… Or else great tribulation awaits them…


    Lord Jesus, recieve the souls of these ones to ur self, $ make them to have enternal rest with U. And avenge their blood on those who stop their living on ealth.


    Lord Jesus, recieve the souls of these ones to ur self, $ make them to have enternal rest with U.

  12. adiza osilama

    The likes of El-Rufai would not say anything but would readily attack Oritsejafor of CAN for defending the fate of his Christian brothers.

    1. James

      Point Of Correction: His Cult brothers

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