BREAKING NEWS: Suicide Attack Rocks Nigeria Church; Several Killed (Update)

 

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By BosNewsLife Africa Service

Nigeria has been rocked by previous attacks against churches as well.


JOS, NIGERIA (BosNewsLife)-- A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives during a worship service of a large evangelical church in Nigeria's restive city of Jos early Sunday, February 26, killing himself and a father and child, government and church officials said. 

Plateau State spokesman Pam Ayuba said others were injured in the Sunday blast, which was believed to have been carried out by the radical Islamic group Boko Haram.

Church workers and witnesses said a car forced its way through the gate during an early morning service. “We were in the church during the time of worship and a suicide bomber forced himself  into through the gate, into the church and the bomb exploded,” John Haruna, the reverend of the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN), told French news agency AFP.

Another church member who is also an activist with the Christian human rights organisation Stefanos Foundation gave a similar account.

SUICIDE BOMBER

“It was suicide bomber, he drove his car into the church, approaching the pulpit and it exploded. Three members of the church died and 10 are injured,” Mark Lipdo, reportedly said.

He said pieces of human flesh littered the church premises.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the explosion, but the hard-line Islamist group Boko Haram, or 'Western education is a sin', has claimed previous bomb attacks in Jos, including on Christmas Eve, killing up to 80 people

Friday's attack came a day after a series of bomb blasts and shootings in northern Nigeria killed at least 17 people, including five Muslim worshippers.

DEADLIEST ATTACKS 

Boko Haram also claimed responsibility for one of the deadliest attacks in Nigeria's Kano state last month that killed 185 people. It also admitted to killing at least 44 people in a Christmas Day bombing at a Catholic church outside Abuja, Nigeria's capital.

Following the Christmas violence, President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in areas hard hit by violence blamed on Boko Haram. Jonathan said the measure impacted parts of Yobe and Borno states in the northeast, Plateau state in central Nigeria, and Niger state in the east.

He made clear at the time that the temporary closure of borders in those areas was necessary to address security challenges and restore normalcy to the country.

The opposition has criticized the Jonathan administration for allegedly failing to control Boko Haram. The group has made clear it wants to establish a state based on strict Sharia, or Islamic, law and earlier ordered all Christians to leave northern Nigeria.  

CIVIL UNREST FEARS

Nigeria's over 160 million people are divided almost in half between Muslims living mainly in the north and Christians in the south, according to several estimates.

There have been fears of civil unrest in a region where religious and ethnic violence have seen hundreds die, including many Christians, as well as Muslims.

Advocacy group Human Rights Watch estimates that at least 1,000 people were killed in communal clashes around the site of Sunday's attack, Jos, in 2010.

8 thoughts on “BREAKING NEWS: Suicide Attack Rocks Nigeria Church; Several Killed (Update)

  1. The development in Plateau state , North-Central Nigeria, has been one so worrisome. Indeed, not only that the major ethnic group in the state, the Berom people are under siege, their religious beliefs and tolerance over the years as far as welcoming people is concerned has led them to being target of attacks. The reasons have largely remained one and the same-their displacement from their aboriginal ancestry land for occupation by settler elements. Several moves were made in the past by even the colonial masters to relocate the Berom people from their land but due to the strong resistance of the locals that move did not see the light of day.
    Today, the current subtle move to dislocate them by the aggressive core Northern elements represented by the direct descendants of Othman Dan Fodio that have today taken several names is being sustained on a daily basis leaving them at the mercies of their killers with less efforts by the federal authorities to scuttle these insurgents. There had also been other ways the federal authorities adopted to tame these madness, but to no avail, even the so- called state of emergency said to have been declared by Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has not yielded any tangible result as the war of attrition on the Berom land had continued unabated.

  2. The development in Plateau state , North-Central Nigeria, has been one so worrisome. Indeed, not only that the major ethnic group in the state, the Berom people are under siege, their religious beliefs and tolerance over the years as far as welcoming people is concerned has led them to being target of attacks. The reasons have largely remained one and the same-their displacement from their aboriginal ancestry land for occupation by settler elements. Several moves were made in the past by even the colonial masters to relocate the Berom people from their land but due to the strong resistance of the locals that move did not see the light of day.
    Today, the current subtle move to dislocate them by the aggressive core Northern elements represented by the direct descendants of Othman Dan Fodio that have today taken several names is being sustained on a daily basis leaving them at the mercies of their killers with less efforts by the federal authorities to scuttle these insurgents. There had also been other ways the federal authorities adopted to tame these madness, but to no avail, even the so-called state of emergency said to have been declared by Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonanthan

  3. This is a prayer. What else can really help?
    Lord God of Israel, God of us all, we plead your intervention. The Muslims are completely out of reason. Have mercy on the Nigerians under attack. We pray that you would grant grace and give wisdom to the President. Give a protection strategy to your people. Cause that your people will develop CHRIST- love in spite of hate and understand that this terrorism is satan’s initiative. I pray for a strong UN response to this and for the rest of the world to bring pressure on Muslim fundamentalists/killers to stop this. This cannot be religion. God intervene, please.Thank you Lord!!

  4. I want 2 ask nigerians, were those supected boko haram which d force do arest? FG shuld investigate d CBN governor very well, i tink dat man knw sumtin abt terorism in d country, also d president he is wake man, he shuld go n relax in his home. Pple like babagida, abdullaham, obasanjo, buhari, sultan of sokoto n rest of ordas shuld b killed. Na so my pple.

  5. (BosNewsLife does NOT agree that all Muslims like killing people. Good news for “bad” people…The Bible says Jesus Christ offers forgiveness for everyone, whether someone has a ‘Christian’ or ‘Muslim’ background. Comment follows…)

    We muslims r 2 bad, we like killing pple, y i mine even a muslim.

  6. I want 2 ask nigerians, were those supected boko haram which d force do arest? FG shuld investigate d CBN governor very well, i tink dat man knw sumtin abt terorism in d country, also d president he is wake man, he shuld go n relax in his home. Pple like babagida, abdullaham, obasanjo, buhari, sultan of sokoto n rest of ordas shuld b killed.

  7. It is very shameful that people claiming to belong to a religion that preaches PEACE will be killing innocent people. If they can kill worshipers on jumat prayer, will christians be spared?

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