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Suicide Bombers in Nigeria Kill Churchgoers

At least five people are dead after a female suicide bomber detonated in the middle of a crowded evangelical Christian church service in the northeastern city of Potiskum in Nigeria on Sunday at the Redeemed Christian Church of God. According to reporters, the women in the congregation who detonated the bomb had been too scared to give her name prior to detonating.

This is the latest in a number of attacks committed by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram that has killed a staggering 200 people in the last week alone.

On Wednesday, one hundred men and boys who were praying in mosques were gunned down on Wednesday, with more than 21 bodies being recovered from burned down houses since then. Meanwhile, on Friday, six women suicide bombers detonated in the Zabamari Muna village outside of Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram. These explosions are responsible for killing scores of people and a Nigerian soldier.

In the last six years, Boko Haram’s uprising has killed at least 13,000 people and driven 1.5 million people from their homes as they continue to take control over a large amount of northeastern Nigeria, declaring an Islamic caliphate.

This increase in violence from Boko Haram coincides with the Islamic State’s directive to intensify violence during the holy month of Ramadan.

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