Scores of people are feared dead after a bomb attack on a church in the Nigerian city of Jos on Sunday, the Plateau state capital during Sunday service, the government said.
Government spokesman Pam Ayuba said a bomb exploded near the church, adding that government sources feared “scores” of people had been killed and injured after the church collapsed with the force of the explosion.
Ayuba said the bombing of the God Chosen Church could be a “sustained war of attrition on our people by enemies of the state,” which he said “has been going on for a while now.”
The church after the blast.
The local coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhassan Danjuma Aliyu, told reporters that the wounded had been taken to the Jos University hospital. He did not give any numbers.
In another related incident Biu in the state of Borno gunmen suspected to be members of the Islamist cult Boko Haram attacked EYN Church in Tabra ward , killing two worshipers, with hundreds seriously injured.
Our Correspondent gathered the incident occurred at exactly 9:00am when the gunmen opened fire on the congregation and immediatly fled the scene without being arrested.
A pastor of one of the churches in Biu, who did not want to be named told our reporter in Maiduguri, that, “I am also a pastor in Biu and I called my colleagues who confirmed that, some gunmen attack EYN Church during Sunday Service this morning shooting sporadically, which led to the killing of two worshipers with many others injured.”