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Suicide bomber attacks church in Jos as reprisal claims more lives

Channels Television  
Updated March 12, 2012

The restive north central city of Jos in Plateau State has been rocked by another bomb blast. There was a loud explosion at the St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church located  at Mai Diko road at the Rayfield area of the city.

A suicide bomber had tried to drive into the church premises, but was stopped by security operatives stationed at the entrance. The bomb went off during the scuffle that ensued. Security agents were however seen at the scene of the blast trying to find clues that could lead to the unearthing of the culprits’ identity as well as trying to maintain peace and order.

Officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) were at the scene evacuating victims of the blast from the scene to nearby hospitals.

Members of the Young Boys Scout filled the casualty list as they were deployed as security in the church.

Confirming the Incident, the Northern Zonal Director Of the NEMA, Danjuma Alhassan Aliyu told Channels Television via phone that three people were confirmed dead and so many with injuries.  An eyewitness however said that the  bodies at the scene of the blast were up to 11 including those that were shattered as a result of their proximity to bomb.

The blast occurred at about 11a.m at the Church located adjacent to a popular bar called Stefans.

Members of the Joint Task Force were however pelted with stones by angry youths who believed they had arrived late to have prevented the attack.

A bombing at Church of Christ In Nigeria (COCIN) in the tensed city two weeks ago killed three people and injured nearly 40.

The Islamist militants group, Boko Haram claimed responsibility for  that attack.

However, no group has claimed responsibility for the recent attack.

REPRISAL ATTACKS

Angered by the bomb attack, youth from the church launched a reprisal on the muslim coummunity killing 10 people  the health commissioner for Jos, Sati Dakwat had reportedly said.

“The situation is bad. Several were killed in the reprisal attacks, more than 10,” Mr Dakwat told Reuters, after a bomb blast in a Catholic church in the city killed about a dozen people.

In the past decade Jos has become the main flashpoint for tensions between Nigeria’s Christian and Muslim communities.