Casualty figure rises in Bauchi church bombing

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

Two policemen, 44 others also injured in the attack, police say

The casualty figure in this morning’s bombing of St. John Catholic Church, Bauchi, has risen.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said rescue workers had found that that three people died in the explosion.

“Apart from the suspected suicide bomber who was killed by the explosion, a woman and a child also lost their lives after the incident,” NEMA spokesperson, Yushau Shuaib, said in a statement. “Twenty two other injured victims are currently receiving medical treatment in hospital in Bauchi.”

But the Bauchi State Command of the Nigerian Police had told PREMIUM TIMES that two people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the premises of St. John Catholic Church on Sunday morning.

The Bauchi police spokesman, Hassan Mohammed, also said 46 others received various degrees of injury from the attack. The injured have been taken to the hospital for treatment.

Among those injured in the blast are two policemen deployed to protect the church.

Mr. Mohammed said preventive measures taken at the church stopped the bomber from reaching his intended targets, worshippers observing the Sunday church service. As a result, he detonated the explosives he carried at the parking lot in the premises.

“When the suicide bomber targeted the church, he was prevented by the measures put in place. Instead he detonated his explosives in the parking lot killing one person, and among the injured victims taken to the hospital a boy between the ages of six to eight died while receiving treatment,”the policeman said.

Mr. Mohammed also said the bomber came in an Opel vectra vehicle.

A combined team of police and army officers have cordoned off the area, while injured victims were taken to the Abubkar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital.

  • NAGODI

    THERE ARE ONLY 3 WAYS TO FIGHT A SUICIDAL TERRORIST GROUP. THE IRA WAY, THE TAMIL TIGER WAY AND THE TALIBAN WAY. IF YOU CAN LOCALISE THE GROUP WITH CLEARLY DEFINED POSITIONS SUCH AS THEIR HQ AND VARIOUS DIVISIONS, THEN YOU CAN GO IN LIKE THE SRI LANKANS DID TO THE TAMIL TIGERS. THE RISK IS TOO MUCH CIVILIAN CASUALITY WILL MAKE THE VICTORY A PHIRRIC ONE. IN NIGERIA, WITH A SOUTHERN PRESIDENT GOING TO THE NORTH TO KILL THOUSANDS OF CIVILIANS IS OUT OF THE QUESTION.
    IF YOU CANT EXTRICATE THE TERRORISTS FROM THE ORDINARY PEOPLE, THEN NEGOTIATIONS IS THE BEST SOLUTION, LIKE THE RUSSIANS DID IN 1989 TO THE MUJAHEEDEEN OF AFGHANISTAN, OR LIKE THE BRITISH DID ALSO IN AFGHANISTAN IN 1800’S.
    OR YOU COULD GO ON AND ON KILLING AND ARRESTING THEM WHILE THEY, AS WELL AS YOU, CONTINUE TO KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE IN THE PROCESS UNTIL THE PEOPLE RISE UP AND FIGHT BOTH THE GOVT AND THE TERRORISTS. FOR IF THE GOVT KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE IN THE PURSUIT OF TERRORIST, LIKE THE KILLING OF THE INNOCENT HOUSEWIFE IN KANO TWO DAYS AGO, THEN THAT SERVES THE RECRUITMENT DRIVE OF THE TERRORISTS.
    IT IS CLEAR THAT THE NIGERIAN GOVT IS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS BATTLE, CORRUPTION AND UNIMAGINABLE GRAFT WILL NEVER ALLOW THE GOVT TO PREPARE. IT IS ALSO NOT READY FOR NEGOTIATION, THE TRILLIONS SET ASIDE WILL ENSURE THAT THOSE WHO WILL MAKE MONEY OUT OF THIS CRISIS WILL NOT ALLOW NEGOTIATIONS, THERE IS JUST TOO MUCH TO BE SACRIFICED FOR A MERE THOUSAND OF DEAD NIGERIANS.
    IT IS THEREFORE THE CLASSIC CASE ABIOLA CALLED A GOAT IN THE MARKET WHEN HE DESCRIBED IBB IN POWER. “THE GOAT WILL LICK THE SALT” HE SAYS” BUT WONT UNDERSTAND THAT IF IT IS ALLOWED TO LICK TO ITS FULL, IT WILL DIE”.