Again, gunmen yesterday, Sunday, August 12 attacked the All Saints Catholic Church,
Kanoyel, Gombe State, killing a policeman who was on duty at the church.
This attack came as the soldiers of Joint Task Force, JTF, in Borno
State, killed 20 terrorists suspected to be Boko Haram sect members
during an invasion and subsequent shootout in their hideout on Saturday
night in Maiduguri, the state capital.
It was learnt that the gunmen arrived at the church premises in Gombe
when the parishioners were coming out of the early morning service and
fired at the policemen.
The source said the gunmen made futile attempts to gain entry into the church after the parishioners shut the gate.
The Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Williams Ochai, said that the gunmen
opened fire on the policemen guarding the church during the mass.
“As soon as the parishioners heard the gun shots, they immediately shut the gate to the church,” Ochai said.
He, however, said one of the policemen died instantly while the other sustained serious injuries.
Reacting to the incident, the Chairman, Christian Association of
Nigeria (CAN) in Gombe State, Rev. Abare Kalla, described it as
Kalla said CAN had information that there would be an attack, but did not know where it would occur.
The chairman said that the aim of the attackers was to gain entry
into the church but they could not succeed because of the fence.
He confirmed that a policeman was killed in the incident while another sustained injuries.