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Suspected supporters of the terrorist militia Boko Haram attacked the village of Pemi in Borno state in northeastern Nigeria on Christmas Eve and murdered at least five people. The attackers burned down a church of the evangelical Church of the Brethren, as the online news service Sahara Reporters reported. Local officials confirmed the incident, according to CNN news channel. In addition, seven people were kidnapped.

According to initial information, members of a Christian youth organization came together in Pemi to celebrate Christmas together. The attack began around 6 p.m. According to Sahara Reporters, it took three hours for the military to arrive. In addition to the church, several shops were also set on fire.

Pemi is only around 20 kilometers from Chibok, where a total of 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram in April 2014. A good 100 have been held hostage or have since died. The area is remote and is considered to be poorly secured. The state of Borno is dominated by Muslims. However, Christian minorities live mainly in the south.

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