Nigeria blasts - two churches, checkpoint

2012-01-22 19:00

Kano - Explosions struck two churches in the northern Nigerian city of Bauchi on Sunday, witnesses said, destroying one of them completely, although there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Bauchi township resident Garbi Ali said he heard two explosions at around 02:00 on Sunday, before anyone would be likely to be in church, and went out to investigate.

"One of the churches was at the railway line. They just destroyed the gate. But the other one at Fadama was completely destroyed and the roof collapsed," he told Reuters by telephone, adding that he did not think there were any casualties.

Police say 11 people have been killed in an attack in Nigeria's north state of Bauchi.

Bauchi state commissioner of police Ikechukwu Aduba said on Sunday that the attack happened overnight. He said a total of 11 people were killed, including civilians, police and army personnel who were running a checkpoint.

He did not immediately name who was responsible for the attacks.

  • Charmaine - 2012-01-22 23:32

    Religious war or war for power and control? I feel for the people who believe in God Almighty

  • Paul - 2012-01-23 09:11

    Sadly, these sorts of attacks on Christians and churches is justified by jihad in the Qurán. Here are some quotes: O Prophet! Strive hard against the unbelievers and the Hypocrites, and be firm against them. Their abode is Hell, - an evil refuge indeed. (9:73, 66:9) Therefore listen not to the Unbelievers, but strive against them with the utmost strenuousness. (25:52) And who does more wrong than he who invents a lie against Allah or rejects the Truth when it reaches him? Is there not a home in Hell for those who reject Faith? And those who strive in Our (cause), - We will certainly guide them to our Paths: For verily Allah is with those who do right. (29:68-69) The Qurán also talks about breaking the cross (Christians) and killing the pig (Jews). And if they die in the cause they are promised paradise as the reward. How does one (if not a Muslim) reason and find peace with this belief and attitude?

      SamShropshireUS - 2012-01-26 12:22

      Paul, I'm a Christian, a faithful follower of Jesus. Your interpretation of these verses in the Qur'an are taken out of context and are wrong. It's because of the actions of people like you who call themselves "Christians" that there is great misunderstanding in the world. Just as the name "Islam" means "peace" so those who are faithful to the Qur'an know that the killing of innocent people is wrong and that those who commit such acts will be harshly rejected by Allah/God. We who truly follow Jesus as the Messiah in the Middle East know that your comment is wrong. Please get you information from correct sources and don't participate in causing more misunderstanding, harm and division in the world.

  • Paul - 2012-01-23 09:51

    Considering the recent spate of Jihadist attacks in Nigeria, all I can say is good luck Jonathan and Lord have mercy.

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