Updated: 5 feared dead in Jaji military church attack

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At least five people are feared dead from a bomb explosion that occurred at a protestant church inside the premises of a military compound in Kaduna State.

Two bombs are believed to have exploded in a church inside the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) Jaji, near Kaduna, Kaduna State.

A senior Military Squadron Leader who spoke to Reuters said the incident occurred around 12:45p.m. after the congregational church service.

A KIA car drove into the church premises and waved at some choir group and then detonated the bomb, the source, who did not want to be named, said.

“Another bomb then exploded immediately after the first one while rescuers were attempting to come for help,” he added.

The source said the incident occurred after most of the congregations have left the church.

“What really amazed us is that the usual security detail at the gate of the church were not deplored today. The security of the church was left at the mercy of the Church’s Boys Brigade,” he said.

Another source, also a military officer who does not want his name in print confirmed that five people died and scores injured from the explosions

“I saw five bodies and scores injured and the entire cantonment has been sealed off,” he said.

The Public Relations Officer of Infantry Corpse Command, Major Adeniyi, confirmed the explosions.

He however could not confirm the casualty figure.

“I am on my way to the place now and will get back to you later,” he said.