Twin explosions hit Bauchi, COCIN church damaged

Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader

An explosion on Wednesday night slightly damaged the building of Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN) in Zango area of Bauchi metropolis.

The Bauchi State Commissioner of Police,  Mohammed Ladan, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.

He said the church building was slightly damaged, but that that there was no casualty.

Mr. Ladan also confirmed that another explosion occurred in a building located at the Bauchi Industrial Area, saying that there was also no casualty.

“We have commenced investigation into the two incidents and will do our best to apprehend the culprits,” the commissioner assured.

Meanwhile, the Joint Task Force security operation in Yobe State says it has recovered some arms in a shoot out between the security outfit and suspected members of the Boko Haram sect in Potiskum, Yobe.

Lt. Eli Lazarus, JTF spokesman, who issued a statement on Wednesday, which was made available to the News Agency Nigeria (NAN), said the JTF was attacked while on search of a suspected hideout in Angwan Jaji in Potiskum.

“In the process of searching the area, Improved Explosive Devices (IED) were thrown at our men.”

He said the casualty figure was not immediately available as at the time of issuing the statement.

NAN reports that Potiskum, the commercial nerve of Yobe State, had suffered series of bomb explosions in the past.

The Emir of Fika and chairman Yobe council of chiefs, Muhammadu Ibn Idrissa, escaped unhurt in an attack by a suicide bomber in Potiskum in August.

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