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Jos: Christians retaliate Boko Haram church bombing; kill 11

Boko Haram struck in Plateau and Borno states at the weekend, killing 10 people including two pregnant women, an Islamic cleric and seven members of Saint Fimbarr’s Catholic Church, Rakefield, Jos. Eleven victims lost their lives in reprisal attacks by youths.

The attack on the Jos church resulted in a reprisal by angry youths which claimed 11 lives. The incident came two weeks after the bombing of Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN) headquarters in the Plateau State capital.

A retired police commissioner, Abubakar Tsav is blaming the Federal Government for not doing enough to stop the Boko Haram menace.
In yesterday’s Jos incident, the suicide bomber who attacked the Catholic church, came in a Vetra car during the third service at about 11.40am, killing seven people instantly including a pregnant woman.
The attacker was said to have rammed into the locked gate before the car exploded. Though, he could not get to the church building, the impact of the blast affected the PVC ceiling and all the louvers of the church. Some of the victims were killed.

In a reprisal that followed, 11 people were killed in different locations in the city with five burnt at the front of the church and two others at abattoir area, while four others died as a result of bullet wounds sustained when the soldiers clashed with suspected sect members.

Some of the victims of the reprisal were seized by angry youths and thrown into the bonfire made with tyres on the road shortly after the church was attacked. Soldiers were deployed there. The bodies of the victims and people that were wounded were taken to the Air Force Military Hospital, University of Jos Teaching Hospital and Plateau Specialist Hospital.

A victim, who was hit by a stray bullet, Emmanuel Audu, said on his hospital bed that he was working at a building site around Mai-adiko when he heard of the explosion and headed for the area. He said on reaching there, he was hit on the leg, but was actually saved by a woman who protected him from being shot and killed. Another victim of the blast, Dung Nyam, who was hit on the head, was reacting to treatment when Daily Sun visited him in hospital.

At the Plateau Specialist Hospital mortuary, three bodies including that of the pregnant woman, were on the floor with sympathizers trooping there to have a glance at them. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sati Dakwat, who was at the emergency room, said the hospital was still compiling the list of victims, but some of those that had minor injuries had been treated and taken to the ward.
In Maiduguri, three people, a policeman, an Islamic cleric and his preganant wife, were reportedly killed at the weekend in the Borno State capital in separate attacks by Boko Haram.

The two incidents which occurred on Friday night, according to sources, were carried out by suicide bombers who attacked a police station at Bulablin Ngaura in Konduga Local Government Area and a house at Ajari ward in Maiduguri metropolis with Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the night.
In the Bulablin attack, it was gathered that the bombers arrived the police station on motorcycles at about 7.30 pm. They threw IEDs at the station. A policeman died in the attack, while unconfirmed number of policemen on duty were injured. Konduga is not part of the five local governments where the Federal Government had declared a state of emergency.
Another incident was reported within Maiduguri metropolis as the bombers also stormed the residence of an Islamic cleric identified as Malam Jijjani in the night and set the building ablaze.
A dependable source confirmed the man and his pregnant wife died in the house, adding that their remains were evacuated on Saturday morning from a toilet within the building.

The source noted that the victims might have run into the toilet for safety when their assailants stormed the building.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state command, Samuel Tizhe, Assistant Superintendent, confirmed the attack on the police station and the death of the cop.
“Some men suspected to be members of the Islamist sect attacked our police station at Bulablin Ngaura at Konduga Local Government Area Friday night. The information we gathered showed that they used IEDs which burnt down the station. We lost one of our personnel,” he disclosed.

He said the police were on a “manhunt of the perpetrators,” even as he stated that investigations had started.
Meanwhile, a social critic and former Lagos State Police Commissioner Abubakar Tsav (rtd.) has condemned the bombing of St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church.
Tsav described the attack as very saddening. He prayed God to expose those behind the series of bombings in the country.

The former police boss who took a swipe at the Federal Government and security agencies for the unabated attacks, regretted that the government has not taken the issue of security serious.
Alhaji Tsav, who disclosed that his daughter who lives in Jos had attended that same church with her two children early yesterday morning, told newsmen that she was just arriving home when she heard of the explosion.
“My daughter said as soon as she got back from church, she heard a blast and asked her gateman what it was and later got to know that the explosion had occurred at the church where she just attended.”

He warned that if this is allowed to go on unchecked, the menace is capable of causing the disintegration of this country.
“If this Boko Haram issue is not checked now, I fear that it is capable of disintegrating this country. We will wake up one day and we will not be able to go to the market and buy foodstuffs,” he said.

-Sun

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