An Islamic terror group in Nigeria has bombed two churches on Christmas morning as a part of their ongoing campaign of death.
By Gavriel Queenann
Voice of America/US Government
The Islamist sect Boko Haram claimed responsibility for five church bombings in Nigeria on Monday. An explosion at the St. Theresa Roman Catholic church near the Nigerian capital Abuja during Christmas morning mass killed at least 27 people.
A second explosion in the central city of Jos near another church was heard. Boko Haram said it struck three other churches.
“The officials who counted them told me that 27 people died,” Father Christopher Barde told AFP, adding that the explosion happened as the Christmas morning service was ending.
“As I reached the last entrance, some people met me for blessings and suddenly I heard a bomb blast. It was really terrible.”
”There has been an explosion in the Rikkos area of the city [near a church where worshippers were observing the Christmas service],” Jos resident David Pam told AFP. Police also confirmed the explosions but would not immediately provide details.