Blast rocks church at barracks in Nigeria

2012-11-25 16:03


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Kaduna - An explosion ripped through a church in a military barracks in northern Nigeria on Sunday, the army said.  

There were reports that a number of people had been wounded.

Military spokesperson Sani Usman said: "There was a blast in a church inside the military barracks in Jaji (in the Kaduna state).

"It happened after the church service."

The state-run National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) said: "Rescuers have been alerted to an explosion at a military formation in Kaduna state on Sunday and likely at a worship centre."

A military officer who did not want to be named said the Protestant church had been hit by two explosions.

"The first blast caused no casualties and curious worshippers gathered around the scene looking at the debris... and that was when the second blast happened," he said.

 "Many people were injured but I have not received report of any deaths at the moment."

Jaji is about 30km from the state capital Kaduna city which has been hit in the past by deadly attacks blamed on the Islamist group Boko Haram, which has often targeted churches in its bloody insurgency.

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