Bombings and reprisals in Kaduna

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.

At least 13 people have lost their lives in the bomb attacks. Following those bomb attacks, reprisals have claimed a further 11 lives.

The Chief Medical Director of St. Luke’s hospital in Wusasa, Dr. Taylor Adeyemi said that 40 victims, mostly children were brought into their hospital following the blast at ECWA in Wusasa. Of this number, three were dead on arrival.

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From the blast at the Christ the King Cathedral at No. 80 Yoruba street, 10 have been confirmed 10 dead and over 50 injured. There are no details yet from the casualties from the Trikania attack.

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.

According to the spokesman of St. Gerard’s hospital in Kaduna, abbout 35 victims of the reprisal attacks that followed the bombing were brought in. Seven of them were dead on arrival, burned to death by their assailants.

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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.

Yakowa imposes curfew

The Kaduna state government has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew to contain irate Christian youths in various parts of the state capital, Kaduna, who went on rampage following suicide bomb attacks against churches in Zaria and Kaduna this morning.

Police sources said they are trying to contain the potentially explosive situation.

Rioting broke out as soon as Shalom Royal International Church situated in Tirkaniya area in Kaduna was bombed killing several worshippers.

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Hundreds of angry youths started rioting in Gonin Gora near Kaduna-Abuja Express Way. Rioting also broke out in Sabon Tasha, Television, Narayi, and Ungwan Romi. Youths manned the routes burning cars and attacking perceived Hausa-Fulani Muslims.

Many were rescued by armed soldiers and police on patrol, while several others took currently taking refuge at Kaduna Mobile Police Barracks.

A military helicopter was seen hovering over Kaduna city to ensure security.

Source – Dailytimes

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