Nigeria

Boko Haram caps violent week with church bombing

Veröffentlicht am 05.07.2015 auf Youtube

Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed at least five people inside a church. Approximately 200 people have been killed over the past few days in Nigeria, and President Obama is scheduled to visit in a few weeks. Debora Patta reports.

 

Islamists kill dozens in Nigeria Christmas bombs

veröffentlicht am 26.12.2011 auf Youtube

ABUJA (Reuters) – Islamist militants set off bombs across Nigeria on Christmas Day – three targeting churches including one that killed at least 27 people – raising fears that they are trying to ignite sectarian civil war.

The Boko Haram Islamist sect, which aims to impose sharia law across the country, claimed responsibility for the three church bombs, the second Christmas in a row the group has caused mass carnage with deadly bombings of churches. Security forces also blamed the sect for two other blasts in the north. St Theresa’s Catholic Church in Madala, a satellite town about 40 km (25 miles) from the centre of the capital Abuja, was packed when the bomb exploded just outside. „We were in the church with my family when we heard the explosion. I just ran out,“ Timothy Onyekwere told Reuters. „Now I don’t even know where my children or my wife are. I don’t know how many were killed but there were many dead.“ Hours after the first bomb, blasts were reported at the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Church in the central, ethnically and religiously mixed town of Jos, and at a church in northern Yobe state at the town of Gadaka. Residents said many were wounded in Gadaka, but there were no immediate further details. A suicide bomber killed four security officials at the State Security Service in one of the other bombs, which struck the northeastern town of Damaturu, police said. Residents heard two loud explosions and gunfire in the town. A Reuters reporter at the church near Abuja saw the front roof had been destroyed, as had several houses nearby. Five burnt out cars were still smouldering. There were scenes of chaos, as shocked residents stared at the wreckage in disbelief. „Mass just ended and people were rushing out of the church and suddenly I heard a loud sound: ‚Gbam!‘ Cars were in flames and bodies littered everywhere,“ Nnana Nwachukwu told Reuters. Father Christopher Barde, Assistant priest of the church, said: „The officials who counted told me they have picked up 27 bodies so far.“ Police cordoned off the area around the church. Thousands of furious youths set up burning road blocks on the highway from Abuja leading to Nigeria’s largely Muslim north. Police and the military tried to disperse them by firing live rounds into the air with tear gas. „We are so angry,“ shouted Kingsley Ukpabi, as a queue of hooting vehicles lined up behind his flaming barrage.

 

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