100 Dead: Boko Bombs Church; Christians Kill Innocent Muslims in Nigeria; Media Spins Story


June 17th, 2012; Updated June 18th; 20th

@Sowore of SR, @Guardian: Murdering Innocent People is Terror, Not Reprisal!

NewsRescue– As the insanity of the Nigerian terror saga continues, 3 bombings of Church’s in the North Nigeria resulted in at least 20 dead and many wounded, and Christian groups in anger and frustration over the Boko terrorist group’s activity went on street rampage killing at least 40 innocent Muslims unrelated to the terrorist attack and wounding over 30 more.

Many of the innocent’s killed were burned to death by the rampaging youth. Among the killed was reportedly a Muslim army officer, who was slaughtered. Several Mosques were also burned.

And these numbers are rapidly increasing as the Christian waged war on Muslims in Kaduna progresses.

Kaduna Bomb blast: Rampaging Christian Youths Kill Over 40 people

Gandu Report reaching our desk indicate that rampaging christian youths in Christian dominated part of the state capital, kill over 40 innocent people, eye witness say in Sabo area of Kaduna shops belonging the Igbo business community were looted, cars as well as innocent Muslims who were unlucky to be in the area were killed and some sustained injuries of various degrees. Along Kaduna/Abuja road many motorists were victims of these armed Christian youths, a BBC hausa reporter who narrowly escape told BBC hausa that he saw over 4 corpses and 20 burnt cars along Goningora area (Abuja rd junction). In another incident a Christian Police officer in Nassawa area of Kaduna was reportedly killed by armed Christian youths when he tried to stop them from attacking Muslims, an army officer was also over powered and brutally slaughtered by these youths. It will be recalled that 2 bombs want off this morning at various location in Kaduna city, one of the bomb exploded at church along bye-pass Abuja road, while second exploded along the same street at place called IBBI junction, which is a Muslim dominated area.

The government immediately imposed a curfew.

Update June 20th, Kaduna: Allegedly up to 100 Muslims were killed. The government is keeping a tight lid on this information to prevent Muslim counter terror against likely innocent Christians. A mass burial was quickly organized for the many murdered without even allowing family identify most victims.

Christian Mob Murder is Terror, Not Reprisal attacks

Nigeria’s predominantly Christian-extremist media continues to label the attacks ‘reprisal’, which is highly inaccurate, malicious and harmful, as well as being insulting to the families of lost ones.

Last week the Nigerian Christian-extremist media made the same error, and even managed to make the story in which not a single Christian lost their life, but over 7 innocent Muslims were killed by Christian angry mobs, appear as though the failed bomb had taken Christian lives.

View: SaharaReporters, PremiumTimes Spread Rumor of Attack on FGC Kano: Media or Monster?

Muslim Army officer killed by Christian Mobs on the Kaduna/Abuja expressway- Gandu

The continuation of this makes Christians and Muslims in Northern states, many of which have significant indigenous Christian populations at increased risk. These media manipulated stories are deadly.

Boko Haram group is a terrorist shadow group which operates from hidden locations in Nigeria’s North. They have attacked government installations, Churches and few times Mosques. Majority of their victims have been Muslims.

Kano 200, Boko Haram’s Biggest Attack Was Against Muslims

Their most massive single attack, which occurred in Kano in January this year. The Kano 200 attack was against the indigenous Muslim population, in which up to 200 mainly Muslims died. View: Boko haram insurgency spreads to north-west 200 Killed in Kano.

Boko in frustration, warned and killed so many Muslims in anger over the Muslim communal cooperation with, and rooting out Boko members to security forces.

In essence Boko is an enemy to all, and their greatest goal can be seen as the destruction of and splintering of Nigeria.

Attacking Christians and Churches to annoy and manipulate Christians and trigger the very fight between them and Muslims that happened last and this Sunday is their evil tactic.

Are we going to let Boko use our heads and win?

The media must unambiguously condemn the terror by Christians against innocent Muslims in appreciable frustration of the barbaric acts of Boko Haram.

It is the duty of the government to eradicate terror in Nigeria.

Both Muslims and Christians must be encouraged to work together to bring an end to the in-despicable acts and dis regard for the sanctity of life by Boko Haram terrorists.

All youth caught in the so called ‘reprisal’ attacks must be arrested and charged with murder. Mob murder must be criminalized in Nigeria to stem wanton indiscriminate episodes like this.

Here is the story from a Christian-extremist media source-

SaharaReporters Supports Terrorism:

Daily Trust has confirmed that at least 13 people lost their lives in the bomb attacks on three churches in Kaduna this morning.

In addition, about 11 others have been killed in reprisal attacks across the town.

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

From the blast at the Christ the King Cathedral at No. 80 Yoruba street Daily Trust confirmed 10 dead and over 50 injured. Daily Trust is yet to get details of the casualties from the Trikania attack.

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.

Also, about 35 victims of the reprisal attacks that followed the bombing have been taken to St. Gerard’s Hospital within the metropolis according to the hospitals public relations officer. Seven of them were dead on arrival, burnt by their presumed assailants.

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.

Men of Operation Yaki are said to have taken charge of the situation, especially around Goningora which is along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway and where Christian youths were beginning to get violent. An eyewitness told Daily Trust he saw four dead bodies near the Goningora mosque. Other trouble spots so far identified are Sabo, Trikania, Television area, Tudun Wada and Unguwan Rimi.

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.

The Abuja-Kaduna expressway links many states in the North to Abuja.

Nigerian Guardian Promoting Terrorism

The Nigerian guardian in writing about the carnage in Kaduna, presented it thus:

IT was another dark Sunday yesterday as rage, blood-letting from suicide bombing and reprisal attacks in Kaduna metropolis and Zaria brought the two cities to their kneels.

….Eyewitnesses claimed that three suicide bombers drove to the gate of Christ The King Catholic Church on Yoruba Street in Sabon Gari at 8.45 a.m. but were stopped by security personnel attached to the church.

Apparently sensing that security operatives had aborted their mission, two of the bombers allegedly attempted to escape, but were intercepted and set ablaze by a mob. The third bomber, The Guardian learnt, set off the bomb he carried and died instantly with one of the security personnel.

A few minutes after the incident, another explosion occurred at Shalom Church in Trikania in southern Kaduna at 8.55 a.m. The blast forced youths in Gonin Gora, Kaduna-Abuja Expressway, Angwar Sunday, Sabon Tasha, and Television Village to go on rampage and burnt some worship places.

Author of this article: From Madu Onuorah, Joke Akanmu (Abuja), Saxone Akhaine (Kaduna), Niyi Bello (Akure) and Kelvin Ebiri (Port Harcourt)

How can a media depict and describe terrorist youth taking law into their own hands and killing innocent passer-byes and commuters, as being ‘forced’ by a bomb blast act-of-terror?

It will be noticed that the Guardian refuses to refer to ‘Mosques’ as being burned by the rampaging Christian deviants, but rather uses the ambiguous term, ‘worship places’, these are deliberate tactics by its authors, Madu Onuorah, Joke Akanmu (Abuja), Saxone Akhaine (Kaduna), Niyi Bello (Akure) and Kelvin Ebiri, to manipulate the public mind on the evil… this technique is also utilized to make it impossible to pull up such articles from internet searches in the future for reference.

This type of journalism is murderous, it denies respite to the victims and supports terror and murder. The media is not only an accomplice but now an active participant in the bloodshed in Nigeria.

A responsible article from Punch earlier-

PUNCH: Boko Haram: Reprisal is a beastly idea

Wole Soyinka: We should not give room for reprisal

Nigerians should heed the timely warning by the Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, to strongly resist any urge to retaliate against the innocent in response to Boko Haram’s killings and other provocations. “We should not give room for reprisal. Protection of our neighbours should be our first principle.” The call points out a major flaw in targeting members of an ethnic group in the name of retaliation: it is innocent neighbours that bear the brunt. There is, of course, no religious justification for terror or reprisals. The world recognises that those extremists who fly the banner of religion to unleash violence on others are on the fringes and are disavowed by mainstream faiths.

The threats and attacks on Southerners and Christians also clearly reveal a sinister agenda by Boko Haram. It aims to provoke widespread sectarian strife to make the country ungovernable and thereby accomplish its ultimate goal of imposing its variant of sharia rule on some Northern states and forcing the splintering of Nigeria. Those pondering reprisals therefore unwittingly help the terrorists. A former military governor of old Kaduna State, Abubakar Umar, says that the terrorists gain when diverse groups tear into each other in revenge for the atrocities of a vicious, evil and violent sect. He is right.

One priority should be to promptly prosecute those hoodlums who recently hid under the excuse of reprisals to visit mayhem on other Nigerians. Failure to diligently apprehend those who terrorised and murdered others over the years has emboldened mass murderers and their sponsors. The state governments and opinion moulders(Media) should impress it on all that anyone staging reprisals is as vile as the Boko Haram bombers and gunmen and would be met with the full weight of the law.


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The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of NewsRescue

Shoot At Sight Order As Violence Hits Kaduna

As the death toll from today’s sectarian violence in Kaduna State continues to climb, law enforcement officers have been given orders to shoot any perpetrators of violence at sight.

Two senior police sources in Kaduna told SaharaReporters that more than 50 people have lost their lives in a spate of attacks and counter attacks by Muslims and Christians precipitated by bomb attacks at several churches in Kaduna and Zaria.

“The government wants us not to announce the real number of those killed, but I can assure you that more than fifty lives have been lost,” said one source. He added that hundreds of people had been wounded.

Another source added that people in most parts of the state were observing the curfew, but added that the level of tension remains “very high.”

Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna had earlier declared a 24-hour curfew in the state with immediate effect.

Mr. Yakowa said it become imperative to declare the curfew considering the need to avoid escalation of violence. However, one of our police sources said that the order came after irate Christians had already taken to various streets in pursuit of Muslim targets.

Governor Yakowa has condemned the multiple bombs that targeted Christian worshipers this morning in the state. Mr. Yakowa also warned against reprisal attacks. He threatened that security operatives would deal with those seeking to take the law into their hands.

The governor’s statement, released by his media aide, Reuben Buhari, condemned “the unfortunate bombing of three churches in Wusasa in Zaria Local Government, Sabon Gari LG and Trikania, Chikun Local Government, Kaduna State.”

In declaring a curfew, the statement added: “In view of the incidents and the need to have complete normalcy and to forestall further break down of law and order, the State Government has imposed a 24 hour curfew in the whole state. The curfew hours start with immediate effect until further notice.” The statement regretted any inconveniences caused to residents of the state by the “drastic measure.”

Even so, the governor defended his action as a step “to avert further loss of lives and property in the state.”

Mr. Yakowa’s statement pleaded with the residents of Kaduna State to “ignore various mischievous texts messages currently in circulation.”

SaharaReporters learnt that the text messages galvanized members of both Islamic and Christian faiths to do battle with “common enemies.” -SR





  1. Adeniyi 18 June, 2012 at 06:13 Reply

    this is just english twist. the media wrote detailed as they see it. what is your problem with it? The angry christian youth are angry with the muslim because it is the same muslim that hide this evil people in their houses when they are preparing the bomb. . . To the glory of their Allah,they suicide bomb churches.. have you heard of a car filled with bombs being driven into a mosque in nigeria?… 

    • Engr Mukhtar 20 June, 2012 at 14:24 Reply

      Mr. Adeniyi, What u  just said will not help U. All the captured in the event are christian, no single Muslim captured. Its U guys destroying Ur places of worship killing Ur-self in trying to frame Muslim and Islam the question here is what is Ur target are?   

  2. Amandaobot 18 June, 2012 at 11:01 Reply

    your write up is partial and it is very unfortunate. What is your issue? that the christians in the church should be bombed by moslem boko haram while they watch or that the christians should continue to turn the other cheek as their generations are wiped out? why don’t you people from the moslem sit down and ask yourselves why is it always north? we have moslems in the south too. We are yet to know what you want or are you just blood tasty. Is it an offence to go to church but it is alright to go to mosque. God will expose all you evil doers in due time. what is your beef? was the church bombed? by whom? who has been bombing the church for so long now? there are some nice moslems but what is it with islam and killing? have you heard of CHRISTIAN sucide bombers? May God arise and confound the enemies of our land.

    • Tnd_adeyemo 18 June, 2012 at 11:48 Reply

      My brother that is id U are one. why cant we call a spade a spade. The so-called boko harams are moslems either by profession or by disguise. The comments we have always heard is that the boko haram saga is not against Christians but government. Can this assertion be true. For the third Sunday in a row we have continued to witness bombings of the places of worship of Christians in Kano, Bauchi, Jos, Adamawa, and now Kaduna states. Why is it that U are always silent to the truth. When has it become a crime in choosing which God to worship and how to worship him. What do U think wll be the reactions of the Moslem world if on a Friday Jumat service, mosques where worshippers have gone to worship their God are bombed and hundreds killed and maimed by Christian apologists? what will be your reaction. Call your people to order and let them stop these wanton destruction of innocent lives and properties in the guise of fighting for Gos.


      • Ado yakasai 20 June, 2012 at 15:12 Reply

        Adeyemo it is against Islamic teaching 2 cheat ur neighour,talk less of attacking & killing him.Pls try check the holy Quran,u will never find any place advocating killing of innocent lives.Religion is by choice,no compulsion in religion.All sensible,literate Muslim will not support bombing of any religious places.If you can remember during post election crises,a whole local Govt deed an ethnic cleansing but all the newspaper in nijja are silent about it.over 300 hundred mosque are destroyed,over 70 villages are sack just 4 being Muslim.up 2 now we have over 7000 refuges @ kaduna state pilgrim camp.During last year Eid -fitr in Jos a congrestional were exterminated by Christian in revenge of bombing by unknown people.But the Muslim remain in peace.How many christion were cought with bomb or bomb churches.How many people died in Kano attack over 90% are Muslim.We Muslim are peaceful people but we are not fools,like you said we can’t fold our hand & allow irresponsible idiot trapping travelers in the name of reprisal or revenge.We are ready 2 depend our selves,you should blame government not all Muslims.

        • makmis 20 June, 2012 at 16:34 Reply

          Bokoharam are Muslims and they live among Muslims and they are fighting Islamic cause (Jihad) which is enshrined in the Quaran. They Bokoharam have made statements that unless the nation is Islamised and Muslims tenets are enshrined in this country,there will be no peace. So Christians should just sit and allow those Illiterates kill Christians gradually and they should not retaliate? They live among the Muslims and why are the Muslims not raising up against them. I tell you this gorila war being carried out by this faceless lunatics is not going to roll on indefinitely. In turi ta Kai bango, mallam ka san za a yita shurshuru ba wawanci ba.

        • Azeez Joseph 22 June, 2012 at 10:24 Reply

          I am sure the people being killed by Boko bombs are not your children and relatives.I will never support senseless killing in whatever name it may be captioned “,when you push a goat to the wall ,he will surely struggle to bite back at least to free itself” . Although I know that the Boko master minder will be happy with the repraisal attacks ,since that is the original intention and not for Jihad as they may want to sound to the public.My advise is that Muslims and Christian should joined hand with government to fish out these bad elements in our society,they are not ghost, they live among us and the law of Nigeria should be made stricter on Terrorism not 3years imprisonment to guity Boko haram or releasing them on technical ground in the court. or paying them 100million naira after court judgement… One thing is sure NIGERIA WILL SURVIVE THIS ERA BY THE GRACE OF GOD….!!!

  3. Kehinde 18 June, 2012 at 11:56 Reply

    I read your piece on possible US hand in the plot to destabilize Nigeria using Boko Haram as lacuna and was beginning to have some confidence in your write-up. You just blew off all that respect with this jaundiced and biased write-up.
    Don’t get me wrong, there’s no justification for any form of violent retalliation by any group let alone killing. Your hasty description of the angry and traumatized youths as terrorists leave much to be desired and portray you as subtly sympathetic to the Boko Haram’c cause.
    If we mean well for this country, let’s all drop Religious bigotry and focus on our common enemies whether they are christians or muslims.

  4. Ejisuneo2003 18 June, 2012 at 18:40 Reply

    i’ll continue 2 say this that christians should b patient & commit all into GODS’ hands & fast & pray & see what will happen VERYSHOTTLY. It has happend b/4 & it will continue bt GOD will always b VICTORIOUS! in JESUS NAME! study ur Bible & see such encounters

    • Kontsapventure 18 June, 2012 at 22:34 Reply

       may god help this country cold Nigeria, this is just to divert our attention from subsidy report,

  5. Femi Gabriel 20 June, 2012 at 12:45 Reply

    If there is anyone who is being economical with the truth, it is the writer of this report. These christian youths that you are trying to tag as terrorists, do you know how many of them have lost their parents, brothers, sisters, wives, children, friends e.t.c? You just try & put yourself in their shoes.

    • Muhammadlee21 22 June, 2012 at 08:00 Reply

       of all that i read,i found yours more intresting.if i were a christian,i probably will be doing the same thing.am a muslim and i dont hide boko haram in my home ,so should i also get ready to fight my christian brothers.?.why dont you all understand that we all are doing what they want.God save us all

  6. Ojac_educ 20 June, 2012 at 15:43 Reply

    I cant believe a professional being this biased on what is clear to a toddler. This is not a time to try to slant the truth to favour a particular group or religion but to use our God given knowledge and professionalism to call and promote peace in our environment and beyond. Sahara Report can do more than this! May God grant us all the grace to keep peace even with our enemies. (Amen)

  7. Aanikkyd24 21 June, 2012 at 22:05 Reply

    To be very frank, this article is biased, partial and totally unacceptable.  Im so surprised that muslims can react this way, they have been killing xtians in the north since God knows when, now that we have decided to defend ourseives you are making noise. let it be known to whoever cares to listen dat enough is enough! we wont just sit back again and watch any group   wipe out our generation. To xtians out there, it is time for us to stand up against this injustice, we have recorded enough losses already.

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