3 children dead in Nigeria bomb blast

2011-06-16 19:24
Kano - A bomb exploded near a church in northern Nigeria Thursday and killed three children, police said, with Islamic militants blamed for a rash of attacks in the area.

"A bomb went off in a house adjoining Eyn church in the town of Damboa, killing three children playing nearby," Borno state police commissioner Mohammed Jinjiri Abubabakar told AFP.

Damboa is about 80km south of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.

"We don't know who was behind the bomb or the extent of damage the explosion has caused," the commissioner said.

The blast came as another stuck the police headquarters in the capital Abuja, killing a policeman.

That attack was blamed on radical Islamists in the Boko Haram group that is active in northern Nigeria.

Boko Haram has been blamed for several bombing in the north, targeting police stations and churches. It has also been accused of shooting dozens of people including policemen, community and religious leaders.

Also known as the Nigerian Taliban, Boko Haram has pushed for the creation of an Islamic state. It launched an uprising in 2009 which was put down by a brutal military assault that left hundreds dead.

At least 14 people, including a church pastor, were killed and 17 others seriously injured in attacks in Maiduguri early this month.

Read more on:    boko haram  |  nigeria  |  security  |  west africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Prince George the green prince?

Prince Charles hopes his grandson's love of the outdoors will become a passion for the environment.



One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa
China's air pollution at doomsday levels
Keep food fresher for longer
Hurricanes, earthquakes and floods – What climate change really means for us

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly


The pace may be slow today and you may struggle to get things off the ground level, but it is important to focus on the structure...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.