Security forces view the scene of a bomb explosion at St. Theresa Catholic Church at Madalla, Suleja, just outside Nigeria’s capital Abuja, December 25, 2011. (REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)
Eleven people were murdered at a Christian church today in Nigeria. Two car bombers attacked a military church after services this morning.
At least 11 people have reportedly been killed after car bombs were detonated at a Protestant church inside a military barracks in Jaji in Nigeria’s Kaduna State.
“A Kia-branded car drove into the church premises … then detonated the bomb” with the driver still inside, a military officer told the Reuters news agency, asking not to be named. The first blast exploded at around 1145GMT.
“Then an ash-coloured Toyota Camry drove in and exploded while people came to help after the first bomb. Most people died from the second blast.”
Nigeria’s National Emergency Agency confirmed there had been an explosion inside the barracks and said it was “likely at a worship centre”.
“I saw five bodies and scores injured,” a second officer told Reuters. The death toll has not yet been officially confirmed.
“There was a blast today in a church inside the military barracks in Jaji,” military spokesman Colonel Sani Usman told the AFP news agency.
“It happened after the church service.”
Islamists have attacked numerous churches this year killing dozens of Christians.