Two more people died in revenge attacks, including one man who was burned alive when a crowd from the church went on the rampage. There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the strike, in Kaduna city, but Boko Haram, Nigeria's Islamist militants, were suspected. The group, which is fighting for strict Sharia law to be imposed in the country's north, carried out a similar attack on three churches in Kaduna in June. The bomber yesterday drove his vehicle to the gates of St Rita's Church in the city, 140 miles north of the capital, Abuja, and detonated his explosives when guards refused him entry to the compound. Christopher Oyebanji, a Kaduna businessman who was at the 9am service, described how the church building was badly damaged in the attack. "There was a huge explosion from outside, I was lucky that I was near the door and I managed to escape, but the walls and the roof nearest the bomber fell down straight away," he said. "I saw two people who were killed being carried out of the church. There were so many other people who were injured, with blood pouring from their wounds. It was so terrible." Doctors said that at least 98 people were being treated at hospitals in the city, which lies on the dividing line between Nigeria's majority Christian south and its majority Muslim north. A spokesman for Kaduna's governor, Patrick Yakowa, called for calm as police erected roadblocks and cordoned off the area around the church. People were warned to stay indoors to avoid large crowds gathering. But Christians angered at the attack marched through the streets and launched attacks against Muslims. One motorcycle taxi driver, a Muslim, was pulled off his bike, doused in petrol and set on fire. He died before paramedics could reach him, because the crowd blocked their path. The attack, which took place as Muslims were celebrating the last day of the Eid al-Adha holiday in Nigeria, was the latest in a long string of strikes against Christians across the country's north. At least 2,800 people have died since Boko Haram began sustained attacks in 2009, according to Human Rights Watch. A bomb attack at three churches in Kaduna in June led to a week of tit-for-tat violence that left at least 50 people dead.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Nigerian Catholic church hit in suicide attack. According to the Telegraph: