AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
(additional reporting by PREMIUM TIMES)
17 June, 2012
Bombs rocked three churches in
neighbouring cities in Nigeria’s northern Kaduna state on Sunday, injuring dozens of worshippers, emergency services and residents said.The number of casualties in the blasts in
the neighbouring cities of Zaria and
Kaduna was not immediately clear.
Police and the military cordoned off the areas around the churches. The state-run National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said the blasts happened in the Wusasa and Sabongari districts of Zaria, previously targeted by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Residents in the areas said many people were injured in the attacks on the Christ
the King Catholic Cathedral and ECWA
GoodNews Church. “Many people in the church were injured but I have not seen any dead bodies,” a woman who was in the church in Wusasa at the time of the explosion said by telephone from her hospital bed.
Several residents in Sabongari said the
church was badly damaged. “I went close to the church but could not access it due to heavy police and military security deployed around it,” resident
Mahmud Hamza told AFP. “From where I stood I could see a badly destroyed church still burning from the explosion. It is obvious there were deaths from the scale of the damage and the fire,” he added. Another resident spoke of seeing bodies being taken out of the church.Officials later reported a third bomb
attack on a church in Kaduna, but there
were no immediate reports of casualties.
Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks targeting churches in Africa’s most populous nation and largest oil producer.
Meanwhile, PREMIUM TIMES reports monitored by Beegeagle’s Blog indicate that angry youths in the Gonin Gora area of christian-dominated Kaduna South have taken to the streets to protest the attack and have erected barricades along the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway following today’s attack on a church in the neighbourhood which has been identified as Shalom Church in the Tirkaniyaa precincts of Gonin Gora, on the southern outskirts of Kaduna metropolis.
Latest AFP reports indicate that two more church bombings rocked Christian-dominated towns in Kaduna Sunday, bringing to five the number of explosions in the northern state, a local emergency official said.
“There were two simultaneous bomb
attacks on churches in Nassarawa and
Barnawa in the south of Kaduna this
morning.We are yet to get information on casualities,” Kaduna spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA) Aliyu Mohammed told AFP.
Southern Kaduna is some four kilometres from Kaduna city and
about two hours drive from Zaria,where three churches were hit by bomb explosions early Sunday.
There have been no immediate reports of casualties.