Monday, November 26, 2012

Double suicide car blast in Kaduna leaves 11 dead

people gathered at site of suicide bomb attacks

At least 11 people were killed and about 30 injured after twin car bombs Saint Andrews Protestant church inside military barrack, Jaji, in Kaduna (northcentral Nigeria)

A bus laden with explosives first rammed into the Military Church at about 12 noon, said the director of army public relations Brig Gen Bola Koleoso. Then a Toyota Camry car parked just outside the church exploded 10 minutes later, as people fled the first blast, he said.

Jaji is a symbolic target as it is home to the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, one of the country's most important military colleges, training Nigerian and foreign navy, air force and army officers.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Sunday's attack, but a radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram has previously targeted Nigerian military institutions.

The attack comes two days after a special military task force announced that it would be giving a total of $1.8 million in rewards for information that could lead to the arrest of top Boko Haram members.

The twin blasts also came a month after another church was attacked in the city of Kaduna, about 25 miles (40 kilometres) away from Jaji.

In that attack, a suicide bomber rammed an SUV loaded with explosives into St Rita's Catholic church holding Mass on Oct 28 in Kaduna, killing at least seven people and wounding more than 100 others, authorities said.


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