Gunmen kill 14 churchgoers in Nigeria River State shooting Jan 03, 2018 0 25 12345 AFPWarriGunmen killed at least 14 churchgoers returning from a midnight service on Monday in Nigeria's Rivers State, a police source told AFP, the latest violence to hit the oil-rich region."The gunmen opened fire on a set of worshippers at about 12:30 am on Monday," said Ugochi Olugbo, a relative of one of the victims who were attending a New Year's Eve service.The shooting took place in the town of Omoku about 90 kilometres (56 miles) from the southern oil hub of Port Harcourt."Fourteen persons died on the spot, while 12 who sustained gunshot wounds were rushed to the hospital and are receiving medical attention," said a police source who asked to remain anonymous.Rivers State police public relations officer Nnamdi Omoni said the number of casualties could not be confirmed at the moment."The commissioner of police, Ahmed Zaki, has also launched a manhunt for the bandits to ensure they are arrested and prosecuted," Omoni said.Rivers State, a region blighted by poverty despite a wealth of oil, is home to several powerful gangs that often engage in violent turf wars.Such gangs, known as"cults" in Nigeria, began as university confraternities decades ago before evolving into powerful armed groups that now rule the streets of the destitute region. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES S Korea proposes high-level talks after Kim's overture Jan 03, 2018 0 367 Boko Haram leader appears in video amid surge in attacks Jan 03, 2018 0 39 US, Britain warn S Sudan rivals over ceasefire violations Jan 03, 2018 0 31 Catholic Church condemns DR Congo's 'barbaric' crackdown; death toll hits 12 AFP Kinshasa The death toll from a crackdown on New Year's Eve demonstrations in Democratic Republic of Congo rose to 12, protestors said on Tuesday, as the country's powerful Catholic Church condemned what it .. Two climbers die in fall on S Africa's Table Mountain Johannesburg Two climbers were killed abseiling on Cape Town's Table Mountain on New Year's Day, with hundreds of tourists stranded on the summit for hours during the rescue effort, South African officials .. Museveni signs bill removing Uganda presidential age limit Kampala Uganda's Yoweri Museveni has signed into law a bill removing presidential age limits, a spokesman said Tuesday, clearing the way for the 73-year-old's expected sixth run at the presidency in 2021. The .. Australian investigators hope to recover seaplane this week AFP Sydney Accident investigators hope this week to raise a seaplane which crashed into an Australian river with the death of six people, including a high-profile British chief executive. Richard Cousins, the boss of .. Trump eyes potential talks, claims 'sanctions beginning to have impact' WASHINGTON US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said possible talks between North Korea and South Korea held mixed potential, while sanctions were beginning to take a toll on Pyongyang amid tensions over its nuclear and .. Internet restored after deadly protests Kinshasa Internet was restored in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday after the government cut services for three days on the eve of protests against the president, AFP reporters said. The Congolese minister for ..