Casualty figure rises in Bauchi church bombing

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.


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