A suspected suicide bomber on the 28th of October drove his car into the St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Malali area of Kaduna, killing at least nine persons and over a hundred injured.
The bomber rammed his explosive laden Honda CRV into the church building at about 8.45am while worshippers were assembled for the Sunday service. It exploded its load, ripping a hole in the wall and roof. The bomber and nine other people are reported to have died after the incident,triggering reprisal attacks that have killed at least two more, according to officials.
The attack took place in the Malali neighbourhood of Kaduna. The settlement is dominated by Muslims where religious riots have killed hundreds in recent years. Kaduna is said to have been marked by Islamist militant group, Boko Haram in the recent past. Al Jazeera says:
« No claims of responsibility has taken place, we are waiting for the police and military to comment on their take, however many would feel that Boko Haram are behind the attack».
President Goodluck Jonathan condemned the act and pledged to redouble his government’s efforts to tackle terrorism and violence. He said in a statement that Al Jazeera reports:
“Our efforts to deal with all acts of terror and violence would only be redoubled even as the security agencies continue to receive all the support they need from the government to reverse this unfortunate and unacceptable trend that threatens the peace and stability of our nation”.
The Nigerian Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), confirms 8 dead, 100 injured in suicide bomb attack .The agency also remarked that Christian youths attacked a vehicle that had come to rescue survivors after the attack, smashing one of the windows.
According to an eyewitness:
“The vehicle had been stopped at the security gate outside the church. The driver initially reversed, but then careered straight through the church wall and detonated the bomb”.
Members of the choir are thought to be among the dead and injured. Boko Haram is fighting to overthrow the government and impose the Islamic law. In June, The group was said to have carried out previous attacks on three churches in Kaduna stateincluding one in the city. Approximately, 50 people were killed in the bombings and the reprisals that followed.
“No group has said it carried out the bombing”.