Sunday, June 10, 2012

Gunmen, Suicide bomber attack churches in Northern and Central Nigeria

(Reuters) - Militants attacked two churches in northern and central Nigeria on Sunday, spraying the congregation of one with bullets and blowing up a car in a suicide bombing at the other, hundreds of kilometers away, witnesses said.

There was no immediate word on casualties and no claim of responsibility, although attacking churches has become a trademark tactic of Islamist group Boko Haram which is fighting to reinstate an ancient caliphate in northern Nigeria.

"Three gunmen came to the premises of the church and started firing at people outside the church before going into the main building to carry on their killings ... Many people have been killed and wounded," said witness Hamidu Wakawa, who was at the church in Biu Town, in northeastern Borno state.

To the south-west, in the city of Jos, a man drove a car to the entrance of the Christ Chosen Church and then blew it up, said Emmanuel Davou, 53, who lives nearby.

BREAKING: Bomb explosion rocks church in Jos

A bomb has exploded at Christ’s Chosen Church in the Rukuba area of Jos, Plateau state. According to witnesses, the explosion was an act of a suicide bomber, who blew himself up outside the church.

The Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Ayeni, has confirmed the explosion but says the casualty figure is yet to be ascertained.

Also, a group of angry youths have mobilised at the scene of the bomb attack. It was gathered that some journalists were beaten up by the mob as they attempted to cover the incident.

More details to come.

Source: ChannelsTV

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