10 feared dead in Bauchi Catholic church attack

Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader
Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader

A deadly attack on St. John Catholic Catholic Cathedral in Bauchi metropolis, north-east Nigeria, has killed at least 10 worshippers, including women and children.

Witnesses say the blast occurred at about 9.00 am  while worshippers were leaving the church after a morning mass.

The attacker came in a Vectra car and forced himself close to the church gate before detonating, Yakubu Adamu who saw the attack from outside the gate told PREMIUM TIMES.

The attacker succeeded despite the presence of security agents – military and police – at the church’s gate before his arrival.

“I saw about 10 bodies on the ground,” Mr Adamu said. “I saw legs and hands scattered around the scene.”

Another source who witnessed the attack from inside the church said she saw at least three bodies inside the church premises.

Other witnesses claim the casualty rate is higher than 10.

Both bodies and injured victims have since been evacuated to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital and the area cordoned off by police.

The Bauchi Police Command’s spokesperson, Mohammed Hassan, confirmed the attacks but said the police is unable to ascertain the casualty rate three hours after the attack.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. But the attack bears the style of the Boko Haram sect operating in northern Nigeria.

The group has claimed responsibility for several similar attacks on churches including the Christmas Day bombing that killed about 35 in a Suleja church, Niger state. The group also claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks on churches in Kaduna state that sparked religious clashes in Kaduna state, earlier this year.

The recent attack highlights the effectiveness of the security strategy applied by Nigeria’s security agents in combating the sect’s terrorist activities.

Details later…

  • http://twitter.com/bussyman1914 Shodipe B.Emmanuel

    When is there going to be peace in this country?innocent people are dying?is this what true religion is all about?

    • Kayode

      Shut up your mouth mr Emmanuel, Is this a religion matter? And if we check all your family we may find Muslim there. Shut up your mouth if you don’t no what to say.

      • clem

        what do you call it then mr. kayode?

  • kunlay

    Kayode, ur response is a bit extreme and lacks decorum. This is a public forum and people have a right to express their opinion. The image that came with the article has an Islamic reference, and the story is about a bombed church. Mr Emmanuel is justified to make his inferences.
    However, this doesn’t answer the question. When will all of this stop??

  • akpos1

    It should be clear to any fool that the patience of the SS & SE has been long over stretched. We will not tow the cowardice and prostrating stance of the Yoruba West.

    We must surely cut off these unteachable, uncivilized, retrogressive, parasitic, stupid bigots who have no value for life. animals are better than these elements.

    Only fool, and indeed a very big one, will talk about one-Nigeria from now on. Only yesterday they protested a film bout the violent Mohammed, and today, they bomb a Church killing innocent people. Was the film right? YES indeed.

    I envisage coalition of the rich, brave, enterprising and dynamic peoples of the SS & SE. What a prosperous and wonderful cuntry it would be. Devoid of Northern apologists, sympthizers nd political spouses of the cunning
    and cowardly Yoruba West. Why will Tinubu not bow before Buhari and why would “General” Oladido Diya not kneel down, cry and beg Major Mustapha to help him beg the real Generl – Abacha.

    Long live the peoples republic of the South South & South East

  • akpos1

    It should be clear to any fool that the patience of the SS & SE has been long over stretched. We will not tow the cowardice and prostrating stance of the Yoruba West.
    We must surely cut off these unteachable, uncivilized, retrogressive, parasitic, stupid bigots who have no value for life. animals are better than these elements.
    Only fool, and indeed a very big one, will talk about one-Nigeria from now on. Only yesterday they protested a film bout the violent Mohammed, and today, they bomb a Church killing innocent people. Was the film right? YES indeed.
    I envisage coalition of the rich, brave, enterprising and dynamic peoples of the SS & SE. What a prosperous nd wonderful cuntry it would be. Devoid of Northern apologists, sympthizers nd political spouses of the cunning
    and cowardly Yoruba West. Why will Tinubu not bow before Buhari and why would “General” Oladido Diya not kneel down, cry and beg Major Mustapha to help him beg the real Generl – Abacha.
    Long live the peoples republic of the South South & South East

  • akpos1

    It is time to begin to detonate heavy clibre atomic cluster bombs in Mosques.

  • Innocent

    Terrorism is a global phenomenon. It happens everywhere, not just in Nigeria. So do not expect us to perform magic — Sincerely Yours, Government

  • onyi

    God will help us!

  • http://twitter.com/lateeftaiwo lateef taiwo

    you are a fool for insulting the Yorubas for their civilities and obisence.Bastards like you faning the ember of disunity in the end can hardly trace your origin

  • Obiora Magdalene

    This dastardly attack/cold blooded murder of innocent pple, whose only offence was that they came to worship their ceator, defies logic & flies in the face of reason and morality.

    It is right that we not only condemn it with all the vehemence at our command, but that we also demand state authority to protect citizens and put a stop to this mindless carnage & impunity.

    In doing so, we must be mindful of the sometimes blurry but existing distinction btwn a religion and its heretical adherents that perperate evil in the name of religion.

    Examples abound that include some catholic priests addicted to recidivistic sodomization & rape of children, fanatical islamists that bomb civilian targets in contravention of the dictates of the very faith they claim to profess, etc.

  • Folo

    You are equally guilty of the same offence you are alleging, why would you berate Asiwaju for genoflexing for Buhari that is the Yoruba way for showing courtesy to a person senior to you. Did you watch Clinton bowing for Obama? Let us think before puting our words down in writing

  • annonimous

    it is very painful & we pray God to protect us and bring an end to this carnage. but pls calm down akpos! what we are seeing is wat those crazy pple who did this want us to see. it may surprise if you scratch below the surface. the pple behind thses atrocities are trying to evoke the same kind of blind rage that u r now showing so you lose all sense of reasoning. they actually want to start a cycle of large scale inter communal violence/war in the wake of their selective targetting of places of worship. they hope to use war to weaken us so they take over the very natural resources that you were alluding to. it has happened to iraq & afghanistan. now new republic of ssudan is mired in internal crisis of its own which almost makes nonsence of the long struggle for independence. pls lets be more careful and enlightened on this serious challenge to our national security.