Easter Bombing in Kaduna, North Nigeria Claims 25 Lives

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April 8th, 2012

Kafanchan, Nigeria (CNN) — Dead bodies littered a road in northern Nigeria on Sunday after a massive explosion that an official said killed 25 people and a witness said shattered windows of a nearby church where worshipers were celebrating Easter.

Abubakar Zakari, a spokesman for Nigeria’s State Emergency Management Agency, said that — in addition to the dead — 13 wounded people were rushed to a hospital for treatment.

The blast occurred in Kaduna, a city located about 230 kilometers (140 miles) southwest of Kano, around 8:40 a.m.

At that time, Sam Amoka said he was inside All Nations Christian Assembly when he heard a loud blast and saw the church’s windows break. The bomb itself went off nearby, close to Kaduna’s stadium, a bus stop and a spot for street salesmen, Amoka said.

At the bomb site, Amoka said he saw dozens of bodies lying in the road.

The target of the explosion was not immediately clear.

There was another explosion Sunday in the central Nigerian city of Jos about 250 kilometers from Kaduna, said emergency management spokesman Yohanna Audu. Audu said there are no known casualties in that blast.

The bomb went off around 9 p.m. in the busy commercial center of Jos, near a popular drinking spot and school, resident Mike Dishing said. Security officials subsequently cordoned off the area, he added.

There have been numerous instances of violence in recent months in Nigeria, including many targeting Christians.

That includes a car bomb attack last month outside a Catholic church in Jos that left six dead, according to hospital and government officials.

And on Christmas Day, a string of bombings struck churches in several cities.

In his Easter Mass message on Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI referenced Nigeria among other African nations.

“To Nigeria, which in recent times has experienced savage terrorist attacks, may the joy of Easter grant the strength needed to take up anew the building of a society which is peaceful and respectful of the religious freedom of all its citizens,” the pontiff said.

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    Stevcitifee 9 April, 2012 at 04:55 Reply

    The suicide bombers are  just ignorant of the fact that some of their own family members (the ones whom they claim to be making this money for) are also victims of these blasts in one way or the other. And of course, the same Jesus Christ they are fighting against is the very person they need to survive in eternity. Keep on fighting until you hit the immoveable rock – Jesus Christ.

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    Anumihenc 9 April, 2012 at 11:58 Reply

    God guide Jonathan.  I pity him because this is a grand design to make the country ungovernable for him. But the perpetrators should realize that should the country disintegrate, they too will be affected.They will have no familiar base to display their affluence  and history shows that the survivors of such revolutions are still the victims,the  masses who are used to such hardship, NOT THE OPULENT RICH.  Nnamdi

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    Anonymous 11 April, 2012 at 14:50 Reply

     God have mercy on us,  there is nothing God cannot do,iam very optimistic that very soon boko haram will be a thing of the past.

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