It is now established that more than 11 people died in the military college Church attack in Kaduna which was rocked by two heavy bombs on Sunday. An unofficial source had put the figure at 15. At least 30 more people were injured in the blast, some seriously.
The car bombs exploded at the church inside the Jaji military barracks in Nigeria’s northern Kaduna state.
The notorious Islamist sect, Boko Haram is suspected to have carried out the attack as it wages a campaign of violence claiming to be advocating for a Sharia ruled nation in Nigeria.
Army spokesperson Bola Koleoso said a bus drove into the side of the St Andrew Military Protestant Church at the Jaji barracks in Kaduna state and exploded about five minutes after a service had started.
Explosives stuffed in a car were detonated outside the church ten minutes later, he said.
A military source on Sunday had confirmed the attack, claiming he saw at least five mutilated bodies just as the bomb went off: “I saw five bodies and scores injured,” the military witnessed told Reuters, requesting his names to be kept secret. .
He added: “A car drove into the church premises … then detonated the bomb,”
The National Emergency Agency also confirmed there had been an explosion inside the barracks and said it was “likely at a worship centre”.
The attack took place at a church inside the popular Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji in Igabi local government area in Kaduna state. Sources at the military hospital in the cantonment where victims are presently being rushed said the number of casualties are expected to be higher.
Kaduna state in northern Nigeria has been the target of several bomb attacks this year with many targets focussing on churches. Most attacks have been claimed by Islamist sect Boko Haram, a group which has killed hundreds in an insurgency this year.
Another military source told Xinhua that a huge bomb blast has exploded at a military protestant church inside the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji in Igabi local government area in Kaduna state.
Spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Yushau Shuaib also confirmed this to Xinhua, saying rescue officials have been alerted to the explosion at a military formation in Kaduna. The number of the casualties is unknown.
A confidant sent a text to the former Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode detailing how it all happened: ”I am in the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji on a middle cadre officer staff course. A twin suicide bomb blast just happened in our church ( St Andrew Military Protestant Church). I am mailing from the scene. The casualty figure is really high. Church just closed when it happened.So sad, the first bomber denoted his explosive inside the church and after the initial confusion was just settling and folks had started gathering to think of helping out, the second bomber exploded his car right in the midst of intending first aiders and the survivors of the first that were rushing out.