Suicide bombs kill 11 at Nigeria church

2012-11-25 18:35

Kaduna - Two suicide bombs on Sunday killed at least 11 people at a church in a barracks in northern Nigeria, where the Islamist sect Boko Haram is waging a campaign of violence, the military said.

Army spokesperson Bola Koleoso said a bus drove into the side of the St Andrew Military Protestant Church at the Jaji barracks in Kaduna state and exploded about five minutes after a service had started.

At least 30 people were injured.

Explosives inside a car were detonated outside the church ten minutes later, he said.

A military source who witnessed the attack said the second bomb was the most deadly, killing people who went to help the injured from the first blast.

Witnesses said the barracks was cordoned off and ambulances carried the wounded to hospital.

There was no claim of responsibility but Islamist sect Boko Haram has frequently attacked the security forces and Christian churches in its fight to create an Islamic state in Nigeria, where the 160 million population is evenly split between Christians and Muslims.

A suicide bomber last month killed eight people and injured more than 100 at a church in another part of Kaduna state, which has a mixed Muslim and Christian population and often suffers from sectarian tensions.

A bomb attack in a church in Kaduna state in June triggered a week of tit-for-tat violence that killed at least 90 people.


Gunmen killed six people in a village in northern Kaduna state earlier this month.

The area was at the heart of post-election violence in April last year that left hundreds dead and thousands displaced.

Boko Haram's purported spokesperson Abu Qaqa, who used to confirm the sect's attacks in phone calls to journalists, was killed by the military in September, the army said.

Since then there has been little public communication by the group.

Nigeria's army on Saturday offered about $1.8m for information leading to the capture of 19 leading members of Boko Haram.

At least 2 800 people have died in fighting since Boko Haram's insurrection began in 2009, according to Human Rights Watch.

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-11-25 20:34

    It the muslims again! These are the unbelievers who are killing the Humans all over this world who are followers of the One True Living God and who are walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.

      goldd.goldfinger - 2012-11-25 22:32

      How can he be a living God if his believers are constantly being killed? Surely that means he is either absent or he doesn't exist!

      4tops - 2012-11-26 03:22

      we r so against the word of God that we dare to fight His followers. as I told a friend of mine...there r only 2 religions on earth....TRUE CHRISTIANITY and then u get those who r anti christ...cos if u denie Jesus...u do and believe the works of the devil....democracy is not just a mere word...demo(N)crazy......

      chris.holloway.5 - 2012-11-26 06:18

      Pity JC does nothing to protect he promised he would...

      storm.trooper.125 - 2012-11-26 10:32

      GOLd..THE BEST TRICK THE DEVIL EVER DONE...THAT HE (THE DEVIL) DOES NOT EXIST!!! and God must be blame on all wrong ful things..God gave men a choice to believe in Him or not..we as humans hav to blame ourselves for our own actions..yes religion have done wrong and some killed in the name of God..theres no such thing u must kill in the name of God..

  • shireen.jacobs.393 - 2012-11-26 06:57

    Why is the Muslim world not condemning these terror attacks. Is it because it is done in the name of Islam. Surah 9:5

      storm.trooper.125 - 2012-11-26 10:36

      when a few muslims get killed by buddist in the east,,islam standup and condems..but everyday is islamic states..christians get killed & abused!! but no islam states wil condenm it..what a shame.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-11-26 11:18

    I wonder how many of these wanted guy's are living it up here in South Africa,????

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