End Times News Update
Sign: Believers Persecuted (churches attacked in Nigeria)
Scripture: Matthew 24:8
News Source: My Way News
Attacks strike Nigeria churches, kill at least 6
Jun 10, 1:54 PM (ET)
By AHMED SAKA and JON GAMBRELL
JOS, Nigeria (AP) – A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives
Sunday outside a church in central Nigeria as gunmen attacked another
church in the nation’s northeast, killing at least six people and
wounding dozens of others in the latest attacks targeting Christian
worshippers in a nation increasingly divided by faith, officials and
witnesses said. A radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram claimed
The violence Sunday in Jos and Biu, a city in hard-hit northeastern
Borno state, comes as almost every weekend this year has seen churches
targeted by Boko Haram and other shadowy assailants exacerbating the
country’s unease. Despite a heavy military presence in the region,
deadly attacks by the sect have continued unstopped.
In Jos, a city on the uneasy dividing line between Nigeria’s largely
Muslim north and Christian south, the suicide car bomber drove toward
the compound of the Christ Chosen Church of God in the city and
detonated his bomb nearby, said Abu Emmanuel, a spokesman for Plateau
state police. While outside of the church, the shock wave from the
blast brought down a portion of the building, causing injuries inside,
Angry youths later surrounded the area, striking back against Muslims
in retaliatory violence, witnesses said. Four people and the suicide
bomber were killed, while more than 40 others were wounded, police and
the military said.
More could die from the blast as it left many severely wounded, officials said.
Meanwhile in Biu, a city in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, gunmen
opened fire during a service at an EYN church, an acronym that means
“Church of the Brethen in Nigeria” in the local Hausa language of
Nigeria’s north, witnesses said. An usher and another worshipper at
the church were killed in the attack while others were injured,
military spokesman Col. Victor Ebhaleme
Borno state police commissioner Bala Hassan confirmed the attack and
said officers were investigating.
Speaking to journalists on a conference call Sunday night, a spokesman
for Boko Haram claimed both attacks. Nigeria faces a growing wave of
sectarian violence carried out by Boko Haram, whose name means
“Western education is sacrilege” in Hausa. Boko Haram has been blamed
for killing more than 560 people this year alone, according to an
Associated Press count. The sect’s targets have included churches,
police stations and other security buildings, often attacked by
suicide car bombers across northern Nigeria.
Boko Haram most recently claimed responsibility for the drive-by
killing Tuesday of a retired deputy inspector-general of police and
two other officers in Nigeria’s largest northern city of Kano.
Nigeria, a nation of more than 160 million people, is divided between
a largely Muslim north and Christian south. Boko Haram attacks have
inflamed tensions between the two religions, though many in the faiths
live peacefully with each other and intermarry in Africa’s most
populous nation. Churches across the country now receive additional
military and police protection, while church officials use
metal-detecting wands to check worshippers and encourage women to
leave their purses at home.
The most recent attack on a church Easter Sunday saw a suicide car
bomber detonate his explosives in the Nigerian city of Kaduna after
apparently turning away from a church, killing at least 41 people. On
Christmas Day, a Boko Haram-claimed car bomb attack on a Catholic
church in Madalla near Nigeria’s capital and assaults elsewhere in the
country killed at least 44 people.
In Jos, a city in Nigeria’s fertile central belt, religious rioting
and violence has killed thousands in the last decade. However, the
attacks often take root in political and economic disputes between the
many ethnic groups living in the region.
Jon Gambrell reported from Lagos, Nigeria and can be reached at
Associated Press reporters Haruna Umar in Maiduguri, Nigeria
contributed to this report.