3 die, 41 injured in Jos suicide bombing


Three people died and 41 others were injured
in a suicide bomb blast in Jos yesterday. The
blast, which also claimed the suicide bomber,
occurred at the Christ Chosen Church in the
Rukuba Road area of the Jos metropolis at
11.08 am, just as the church was closing its
Sunday service.
Some angry youths went on rampage soon
after the blast because of failure of the
security agents to avert the blast, destroying
four vehicles and a motorcycle.
It was learnt that the blast, which was heard
several kilometers away, happened not inside
the church but on the street just by the church.
The two, who died in the course of the blast,
have not been identified, it was learnt. But
both the police in Jos and Plateau State
government said the deceased were not members
of the church and that the exact circumstance
of their death was yet to be ascertained.
“No member of the church died, the suicide
bomber didn’t achieve his aim because he
couldn’t gain entrance into the church,” the
Plateau State Commissioner of Police,
Emmanuel Ayeni, said, adding, “the bomb
exploded on the road just outside the church.
But the church building collapsed maybe
because of the vibration caused by the
The police commissioner said he was still
investigating the circumstances of the death
of the two, but a speculation has it that the
two probably fell into the hands of the mob
which protested the explosion because some
witnesses said the mob actually got hold of
the remains of the suicide bomber and tore it
further to pieces.
Speaking for the Plateau State government,
the state commissioner for Information,
Abraham Yiljap, said no church member died
from the information available to him. He
regretted however that the bomb explosion
would come at a time when peace-loving people
were beginning to feel that security was
coming to normal in Jos.
“Government is pained by anything which
pains the people; we are pained that there is
this explosion after having worked so hard
with the security agencies to see that this
shouldn’t happen again after the bomb blast at
St Finbaar’s Church,” Yiljap told newsmen in
government’s first reaction to the Rukuba
Road church bombing.
He appealed to residents not to worsen the
situation by any retaliatory act but to work
with security agents instead to restore peace to
Jos and the rest of the state.
37 of those who suffered various degrees of
injuries were taken to the Bingham Teaching
Hospital and four to the Plateau Specialist
Hospital, both in Jos.
Daily Trust

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