Five church bombs rock Nigeria
KANO, Nigeria — Bomb blasts damaged five churches in four cities in Nigeria's northern Kaduna state on Sunday, injuring dozens of worshippers and leading to an immediate curfew, officials said.
The number of casualties in the blasts in the neighbouring cities of Zaria and Kaduna and in the southern Christian-dominated Nassarawa and Barnawa was not immediately clear. Police and the military cordoned off the areas.
The state-run National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said the blasts happened in the Wusasa and Sabongari districts of Zaria, previously targeted by the Islamist group Boko Haram.
Residents in the areas surrounding the churches said several people were injured in the attacks on the Christ the King Catholic Cathedral and ECWA GoodNews Church.
Officials later said a third bomb attack targeted a church in Kaduna, but there were no immediate reports of casualties. NEMA officials said the third attack hit the Sharon Church in Kaduna city and that there were two other bombings in the Christian-dominated towns in the south of the state.
Residents said the two other bomb blasts in the south of the state triggered street protests by Christian youths. They said mobs barricaded roads in the towns of Trijania, Gonin Gora and Sabon Tasha, attacking motorists who looked Muslim.
Posted on 06/17/2012 10:30 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax