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Suicide bomber hits Nigerian church

2012-09-23 15:31

Bauchi - A suicide bomber attacked a Catholic church conducting mass in northern Nigeria on Sunday, injuring and killing an unknown number of people in a region under assault by a radical Islamist sect.

A report said that a journalist had heard the explosion on Sunday morning in the city of Bauchi, which has seen a number of bombings and shootings blamed on the sect known as Boko Haram.

The blast appeared to hit a parking lot alongside the St John's Catholic Church in the city.

Police and military surrounded the church and did not allow journalists inside the cordon.

Yushau Shuaib, a spokesperson for Nigeria's national emergency management agency, said a suicide bomber had targeted the church.

"Rescuers have evacuated the dead and injured," Shuaib said.

Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is sacrilege" in the Hausa language of Nigeria's north, has been waging an increasingly bloody fight against nation's weak central government.

More than 680 people have died in drive-by killings and bombings blamed on Boko Haram this year alone.

The sect has demanded the release of all its captive members and has called for strict sharia law to be implemented across the entire country.





Comments
  • may.bee.988 - 2012-09-23 16:08

    Kill all the bombers and there supporters!!! No quetions asked!!!

  • mnmwale - 2012-09-23 16:42

    Muslims are turning religion into politics. And dirty politics to say the least! To them, religion is not about God and Heaven. It's about power and money. They want to rule the world and control its resources by hook or by croock. But the bombing of churches and the slaying of Christ's followers makes a joke of religion and gives credence to the argument that there is no God.

      tabib.asnan.3 - 2012-09-24 11:58

      Only a fool will learn Islam from those fighting a war on every Muslim nation. In Islam, the sin of killing one innocent person is the same as killing all of mankind. The Messenger of God will testify against a muslim who kills an innocent non-muslim on the day of Judgement. Peace.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-23 19:03

    Where is the outcry from peace loving Muslims? Or do you support this atrocity?

      tabib.asnan.3 - 2012-09-24 12:00

      Only a fool will learn Islam from those fighting a war on every Muslim nation. In Islam, the sin of killing one innocent person is the same as killing all of mankind. The Messenger of God will testify against a muslim who kills an innocent non-muslim on the day of Judgement. Peace.

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-09-24 00:10

    So did they blow themselves up at a church because those people who are catholic are infidels?, so they must kill them for their god? so they get virgins. What a load of crap!

      tabib.asnan.3 - 2012-09-24 12:02

      Only a fool will learn Islam from those fighting a war on every Muslim nation. In Islam, the sin of killing one innocent person is the same as killing all of mankind. The Messenger of God will testify against a muslim who kills an innocent non-muslim on the day of Judgement. We don't believe in "our" God. We believe in God- the creator of black and white, rich and poor, the heavens and the earth. Peace.

  • diepriye.egede - 2012-09-24 09:49

    This is one area of development in Nigeria

      tabib.asnan.3 - 2012-09-24 12:02

      Only a fool will learn Islam from those fighting a war on every Muslim nation. In Islam, the sin of killing one innocent person is the same as killing all of mankind. The Messenger of God will testify against a muslim who kills an innocent non-muslim on the day of Judgement. Peace.

      Raymon - 2012-09-24 20:03

      Tabib.asnan.3: So I guess you just skip over the later Verses calling for killing of Jews, Christians and other infidels. Good idea! Just skip Sura 6-9 then you don't have to apply the rule of abrogation. You're a good Muslim.

  • william.bhani - 2012-09-24 19:42

    kill them

  • richard.bosmano - 2012-09-25 07:59

    When is the last time anybody of another faith blew themselves up in a mosque? Answer is "never". Why? Are other religions "peaceful"?

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