24 feared dead, 125 wounded In Church bombings and reprisal attacks in Zaria, Kaduna

At least 24 people are feared dead in today’s bombings in Kaduna, and the attendant reprisal attacks that followed the bombings.

Abuja based Daily Trust says 13 people lost their lives in the bomb attacks on the three churches in Zaria and Kaduna this morning.

Eleven others, the paper said,  were killed in reprisal attacks across the town.

It quoted Taylor Adeyemi, the acting Chief Medical Director of St. Luke’s hospital in Wusasa, as saying 40 victims, mostly children, were brought into the hospital following the blast at ECWA in Wusasa. Of this number, three were dead on arrival.

The report said from the blast at the Christ the King Cathedral at No. 80 Yoruba street, 10 were confirmed dead and over 50 injured. Details of the casualties from the Trikania attack is not immediately available.

Three churches were attacked this morning by suicide bombers in Kaduna. One went off at the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA) church, Wusasa and another at the Christ the King Cathedral Catholic Church at No. 80, Yoruba Street, Sabon Gari, Zaria, just behind the Army Depot, Zaria where all Nigerian soldiers receive their basic training. The third church, Shalom Church at Trikania close to Abuja Fly over and Textile Labour house, was hit by multiple explosions around 10:17am.

Also, about 35 victims of the reprisal attacks that followed the bombing have been taken to St. Gerard’s Hospital within the metropolis according to the hospitals public relations officer. Seven of them were dead on arrival, burnt by their presumed assailants. 

The explosions sparked violence in Kaduna as christian youths retaliated, moving around with cutlasses and sticks among other weapons. Sources say the youths  burnt a mosque at Television area and another at Goningora was broken into and vandalised in retaliation for the attacks on the three churches.

Men of Operation Yaki are said to have taken charge of the situation, especially around Goningora which is along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway and where Christian youths were beginning to get violent. An eyewitness told Daily Trust he saw four dead bodies near the Goningora mosque. Other trouble spots so far identified are Sabo, Trikania, Television area, Tudun Wada and Unguwan Rimi.

Road blocks have been set up at strategic areas and traffic along the expressway which was initially halted is now being allowed with military escorts. Other areas of Kaduna metropolis are experiencing an uneasy calm 

The Abuja-Kaduna expressway links many states in the North to Abuja.

DAILY TRUST

 


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  • Linkcolndj

    Useless country. It is better to divide the country with Yoruba taking over the south-west, including Ilorin, Kabba, Akoko-Edo, while the Hausa-Fulani should hold co-North (Sokoto, Kano, Zamfara, Katsina, Jigawa and north, west, south-west Kebbi and northern Kaduna). The Niger, Benue, Kogi, Nasarawa, Plateau, Abuja, east, south, and south-east parts of Kebbi, Kaduna and Bauchi should form a separate country. The Igbos should be sandwiched into west Cameroon, while Cross-Rivers and Niger-Delta region, minus Ondo should stand as a country. North-east should form a Boko Haram country.

  • Vinjakes

    I commend the yout on the retaliation so that these idiots will know that nobody has the monopoly of violence. For every Christian soul lost, 5 of these uncircumcised Muslims must go down.

    I must also say a very big shame to our hypocritical president. You are a shame to manhood, a shame to Christianity and a shame to democracy!

    • Adenle

      will you like to be consumed too!

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    Fellow Nigerians, this is a co-ordinated assault by Alqeda in west africa. this is happening at the same time, the evil sect is declaring intention to enforce sharia in secular Mali. Please ignore fools like Elrufai, this is totally beyond CPC. Even Elrufai, Garba Shehu, ciroma, buhari et al will be running if this sects triumph. the irony is that the old fools actually need our help. But we must let them beg for it. they shd continue to stew in their vomit until common sense returns to their ugly heads. I bet Elrufai is no more asking if the boko haram members are wearing trousers. What an imp! Jonathan must remain till 2019 just to let the fulbe roast unless they amend their evil ways.