Another killer attack on a Nigeria church

2012-06-10 16:05

Lagos - Scores of people were feared dead on Sunday after a bomb attack on a church in the central Nigerian city of Jos during a Sunday service, the government said.

Government spokesman Pam Ayuba said a bomb exploded near the church, adding that government sources feared "scores" of people had been killed and injured after the church collapsed with the force of the explosion.

Ayuba said the bombing of the God Chosen Church could be a "sustained war of attrition on our people by enemies of the state," which he said "has been going on for a while now".

A series of bomb blasts in the state and the country have been claimed by Boko Haram Islamist sect, he said.

The Boko Haram insurgency has killed more than 1 000 people since mid-2009, especially in Nigeria's Muslim-dominated north.

The local co-ordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhassan Danjuma Aliyu, told AFP that the wounded had been taken to the Jos University hospital. He did not give any numbers.

Boko Haram's attacks have grown increasingly sophisticated and have affected a wider area, spreading from their base in the northeast across the wider north and down to the capital Abuja, in the centre of the country.

It claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing of UN headquarters in Abuja in August which killed at least 25 people as well as a suicide attack on the Abuja office of one of the country's most prominent newspapers.

The group has continually widened its targets, which have included security forces, churches and police headquarters in the capital. Jos lies on the fault line between the Muslim-majority north and the Christian-dominated south.

  • akinbamisile - 2012-06-10 16:40

    I pray that God himself intervene in Nigeria's security situation and safe the masses because the Government/ the security operatives have failed woefully.But I know, it is time for God to arise and defend his people from the wiles of the monsters.

      Jean - 2012-06-10 16:54

      Why would god do anything if he is allowing it in the first place... It's time people face the fact that religion is evil and is the cause of so many deaths, mostly Islam is to blame.

      omonaija - 2012-06-10 17:00

      Split Nigeria already. Enough is enough! We Yorubas want our own nation : Odua Democratic Republic Igbos want their own nation : Biafra Republic Niger deltans want their own country : Niger Delta Republic And the hausas/fulani want their own nation : Arewa Republic Nigeria is a failed british experiment which has seen many people lose their lives.We have so much potential but the "divide and rule virus" which the british planted in our nation has been plaguing us since independence .The last elections is testament to the fact that we are not a united nation and we do not have a common goal. We Yorubas used our votes to kick out the corrupt PDP and usher in the more progressive ACN to run our states while the Igbos chose to continue to enslave themselves by retaining the corrupt PDP in their region.The hausas meancwhile chose the CPC based on their religous beliefs and tribal affiliations. Today the result of our actions are vivid for evryone to see. Yoruba states are been governed efficiently and there is massive improvement in the health ,agriculture,education,Energy,transportation, and infrastructural sectors including the new "eko Atlantic city" under the progressive ACN party.Foreign investors are streaming in to take advantage of the new efficient leadership in the Yoruba region. The igbos & hausas on the other hand are still launguishing in poverty and still being robbed blind by the PDP and cpc government with little or no infrastructural development

      zaatheist - 2012-06-10 17:45

      Prayer = doing nothing while pretending you are helping. In fact the god you want to pray to is the same god as that worshipped by the members of Boko Haram. So perhaps there prayer are working since they seem to be able to bomb Christian churches with impunity. All this killing is simply because the Christians and the Muslims don't agree which is the best method to flatter the invisible magic man in the sky. Religion certainly poisons everything.

      lorain.maseko - 2012-06-12 07:17

      @ Omo I asked a Nigerian friend of mine ( he is Igbo)a while back the same question "why not just split the whole thing? but he gave me some long drawn out reason which i cannot remember as to why a split wont work.

      omonaija - 2012-06-12 17:19

      @Lorain.maseko...Your igbo friend is not being honest with himself.I doubt if Nigeria will still be a country by 2015.The tribes of Nigeria need space from each other to be able to grow to their full potential.The amalgamation of Nigeria was intentional by the old british colonial power of then. If you pay close attention to Igbos and Yorubas in SA you will realize that we do not associate much with each other.We are fooling ourselves by claiming to be one Nigeria when in practice we distrust each other. Igbos have never forgiven Yorubas since the 1966 civil which saw them lose millions of their citizens.We Yorubas are referred to by igbos as spineless backstabbing cowards and we Yorubas refer to Igbos as greedy money loving criminals.Nigeria was a doomed marriage from the start.

  • akinbamisile - 2012-06-10 16:49

    Where are the security operatives? How come that all these evils are being perpetrated under the nose of the forces?God will ask you all about the innocent bloods that were shed due to your negligence.

  • josaddress - 2012-06-10 23:09

    we Jos want peace...

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