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At least 6 Killed in Suicide Car Bomb blast that struck Church in Plateau State, Nigeria; Boko Haram Claims Responsibility; Pictures

The police in Jos have said that “at least” six persons were killed by the bomb blasts that rocked the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN) headquarters on Sunday.

The command’s spokesman Samuel Dabai, who disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), however said he was not sure of the total number of those injured.

Governor Jonah Jang normally attends the second service at the church. The explosion happened during the first service.

The Plateau Chapter of the Red Cross, who also declined to be specific on the number of those killed, put the casualty figure at 50.

According to the chairman of the Red Cross, Mr Manasseh Pampe, the figure comprised victims taken to Plateau Specialist Hospital, Sauki Hospital and the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH).

“The Red Cross took 35 victims to Plateau Specialist Hospital, 10 were taken to JUTH and five were taken to Sauki Hospital.
Governor Jonah Jang normally attends the second service at the church. The explosion happened during the first service.

“But the Plateau Government later directed that all the casualties hospitalised at Sauki Hospital be moved to the State Specialist Hospital. That we have done,” Pampe said.

He said that three of the victims taken to JUTH had been treated and discharged while seven were still at the hospital.

Dabai, while speaking on the number of those killed, said that the two suicide bombers were killed in addition to four others including two women who died at the scene.

Two others died at the Plateau Specialist Hospital, he added.

He confirmed that one of the bombers died in the vehicle that conveyed the explosives, while the other was killed at the scene of the blast by the angry worshippers.

Jang reacts

In the wake of SUnday’s attack, Gov. Jonah Jang directed security agencies to beef up security around churches and mosques to check further attacks on religious places.

Jang gave the directive when he visited the scene of the attack and said that government would stop at nothing to sustain the peace that was gradually returning to the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the church, incidentally, is where Gov. Jang worships every Sunday during the second service but the attack occurred during the first service.

The governor, who condemned the attack on a peaceful gathering, urged the people to remain calm as everything was being done to forestall a recurrence.

“We are doing everything to make sure that churches and mosques are protected from these attacks, the security offices and major buildings are also being protected.

“Everybody should go back home but I want to assure you all that we will maintain the peace that we have started enjoying.’’
Culled from Daily Trust

MAIDUGURI (AFP) – The Islamist sect Boko Haram said it was behind Sunday’s suicide bomb attack outside a church in the central city of Jos, and warned of more such assaults.

“We carried out the attack on COCIN church in Jos today and we did what we did as part of our resolve to avenge the killings and dehumanisation of Muslims in Jos in the last 10 years,” spokesman Abul Qaqa told reporters in a conference call.
Culled from Vanguard

Pictures of the effect of the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN) Suicide Car Bomb blast in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria

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One Response to “At least 6 Killed in Suicide Car Bomb blast that struck Church in Plateau State, Nigeria; Boko Haram Claims Responsibility; Pictures”

  1. Collins says:

    Nigeria needs international help for lasting security.People are been kill every Sunday like animals.The president needs to station the latest high tech security and directors at airports,seaports and land bordering Nigeria and it neighbors.Nigeria also needs a spy drone that is capable of doing anything.Set up a spacial security service and a rapid intervention unit that is capable of acting within seconds in case of any security treats.Not to kill them but catch them right handed so, they can give more information to which person or country is sponsor the boko harram and how they get away with their devilish acts without being caught.

    The cheapest and most effective security I would like to suggest the president apply is to apply a surprise nation wide search to properties, houses, shops etc with a heavily guarded security.This will definitely clean this nation in and out.It is with this kind of strategy you can know who is who in Nigeria.


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