Suspected Boko Haram militants murdered at least 30 worshippers and torched four churches on Sunday in a Nigerian village just six miles away from Chibok, where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped in April, witnesses said.
“They killed dozens of people and burned houses after attacking worshippers,” Mallam Yahi, who escaped from Kwada village, told The Associated Press.
At least 30 bodies have been recovered in Kwada but more are turning up in the bushes, he said.
Some of the church buildings destroyed included the Protestant Church of Christ in Nigeria, the Pentecostal Deeper Life Bible Church and Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa, which is Hausa for Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, AP reported.
Yahi said the attackers went on to neighboring Kautikari, about four miles from Chibok, but he didn’t know what the death toll was there.
Police spokesman Gideon Jubrin said he could not confirm the attack because bad communications have kept officials from reaching the nearest security post at Chibok. AP reporters were able to make cell phone calls to the town.
Angry Chibok residents, speaking on condition of anonymity, said soldiers were slow to respond to the attack and refused to confront the extremists directly, AP reported.