An unspecified number of worshippers were killed and some others injured when two suicide bombers drove vehicles packed with explosives into St. Monica’s Catholic church in Ungwan Yero near Malali in Kaduna on Sunday during the morning mass.
The blast occurred around 10.15a.m, leading to a stampede in the packed church.
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“After receiving reports from our call centre over ‘bomb explosion’ at a worship centre in Malali, Kaduna, NEMA mobilised rescuers and other response agencies to the scene.
“A number of casualties evacuated to hospitals. The incident was suspected to be triggered by a suicide bomber in a car which relevant security agencies may soon determined,” he said.
Witnesses also reported another blast in Sabo, another Kaduna suburb a few minutes later.
The Commissioner of Police, Olufemi Adenaike, confirmed the first blast to the News Agency of Nigeria, saying the casualties had not been determined.
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Although no group has claimed responsibility, the attacks bear the hallmarks of the extremist Boko Haram sect.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, had on Wednesday ordered tight security at worship centres throughout the Sallah holidays.
It is not known how the bombers were able to beat the security network to cause havoc on Sunday morning.
After the bombing christian youths took to the streets with machetes and sticks afterward, targeting people they believed to be Muslims as anger again boiled over due to the repeated church bombings in recent months, an AFP correspondent reported.
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President Goodluck Jonathan has reacted immideately and has just issued the statement condemning today’s Kaduna bomb attack today. You can read full statement sent by the President's Special Adviser HERE.