Rivers. — The local affiliate of Fulani headsmen has claimed responsibility for an attack at a rivers state that left at least 30 people dead.
The claim, which was carried by the group’s Aamaq news agency, said Monday attack was carried out by a “security detail” and that one of its men was “martyred” in it.
A gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire inside a group of people and at a nearby store, sparking a shootout that killed at least 30 people, including eight Coptic Christians, in the latest attack targeting the country’s embattled Christian minority.
The attack came amid tightened security around churches and Christian facilities ahead of the rivers Orthodox Christian celebrations of Christmas on Jan. 7. Police have been stationed outside churches and in nearby streets across rivers.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has personally chaired meetings with his top security chiefs in recent days to discuss security during Nigerian Eve and the Orthodox Christmas.
“President Buhari emphasized his commitment to strengthening efforts to defeat terrorism and extremism in all their forms.,” the statement said.