12 Dead After Attack on Nigerian Wedding

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12 Dead After Attack on Nigerian Wedding
Thu 02-01-2014

12 people died in a wedding attack in Nigeria.

2 gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire in the mainly Christian village of Tashan Alade, 230 kilometers from the Borno state capital Maiduguri.

"The attackers, who were obviously Boko Haram insurgents, arrived at the open-air venue of the party around 2pm and opened fire, killing seven people and injuring five others," he said.

"The gunmen fled immediately and escaped before security personnel could be alerted due to the remoteness of the village." Witnesses to the attack said the gunmen pretended to be guests and opened fire as cash was given to the newlyweds in a traditional Nigerian custom.

The wedding was attended by both Christians and Muslims, they added.

People injured in the raid were taken to hospital in Maiduguri, where a number died from gunshot wounds.