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Bombers Attack Center in Christian Area of Jos, Nigeria.

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Women weep over their loved ones who died in the Christmas day bomb explosion at St. Theresa’s Catholic church in Madalla, just outside the capital Abuja December 31, 2011. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan visited the church on Saturday and vowed to “crush the terrorists” who set off a series of bombs across Nigeria on Christmas Day, killing at least 37 people.  (Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde)

One person was killed and nine others were injured on Tuesday night after suspected Islamic extremists attacked a TV viewing center in a Christian area of Jos where a crowd had gathered to watch soccer.

At about 10:15 p.m. at the viewing center, one of many such establishments popular in Nigeria for watching soccer matches, the attackers drove past the site and threw an explosive device at hundreds of Christians watching the match, eyewitnesses told Compass.

Some 10 minutes after the bombing, security agents evacuated the injured to Janvak Hospital just a few meters away. Medical personnel at the hospital were treating four of them under strict supervision of police and other security agents. Plateau state spokesman Pam Ayuba reportedly said one person died in the blast.

Soldiers and police under the Joint Military Task Force charged with keeping peace in embattled Plateau state cordoned off the area around the establishment. Authorities have not ruled out members of the Islamic sect Boko Haram as suspects.

The bombing marks the second time in two weeks that the Christian area has been attacked. Boko Haram, which seeks to impose a strict version of sharia (Islamic law) throughout Nigeria, was suspected of a detonating a bomb a few meters from the center during Easter celebrations that injured five Christians. Various churches in Tudun Wada, Jos, commonly use the site as a base for evangelistic campaigns aimed at social venues in the area.

Christian and Muslim communities live in close but separate quarters of the Tudun Wada area of Jos, and the attacks have heightened tensions between them. The area comprises eight churches–Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) Bishara 2, Angwan Yashi, ECWA Good News Church, Assemblies of God Church, Redeemed Peoples Mission, Solid Rock Church, Deeper Life Bible Church, and Christ Way Baptist Church.

Suspected Islamic extremists bombed three TV viewing centers in Christian areas near Jos on Dec. 10, 2011. A few minutes into soccer match televised at Yangwava Television Viewing Center at Ukadum village, a bomb went off, killing 31-year-old Joshua Dabo. During the same game, bombs exploded at two other viewing centers in predominantly Christian areas of Jos, injuring at least 10 others, including four in critical condition and two in a coma.

Plateau state, in central Nigeria, has been especially volatile recently as it lies between the country’s predominantly Muslim north and Christian south. Nigeria’s population of more than 158.2 million is divided between Christians, who make up 51.3 percent of the population, and Muslims, who account for 45 percent. The percentages may be less, however, as those practicing indigenous religions may be as high as 10 percent of the total population, according to Operation World.


By Compass Direct News.

Blast hits fans in Nigeria’s Jos, wounds many.

JOS, Nigeria (Reuters) – An explosion shook an outdoor screening of a soccer match in the central Nigerian city of Jos on Tuesday, wounding several people while fans were watching a Champions league match, witnesses said.

              There were no immediate no immediate reports of fatalities from the blast during a match between the British club Chelsea and Barcelona.

              Drinking houses, churches and public gatherings are frequent targets for the violent sect Boko Haram, whose members regard those who do not follow its strict brand of Islamist ideology as infidels.

              “We were just watching the Chelsea match when there was this huge blast that shook the place, and everyone ran off,” said John Azi, who was lightly wounded by the blast in Tudun Wada, on the northern outskirts of the ethnically and religiously mixed city.

              “Many people are injured. I didn’t see anyone dead,” he added.

A spokesman for the military task force keeping security in Jos was not immediately available for comment.

The city has been scarred by ethnic and sectarian conflict for the past decade, and frequent Boko Haram attacks this year,

sometimes targeting churches, seem calculated to inflame tensions.

Boko Haram, which wants to carve an Islamic state out of Africa’s most populous country split evenly between Muslims and Christians, used to be confined to Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno, where it began life a decade ago as clerical movement opposed to Western education.

              But the sect, or factions of it, has expanded in the past six months across at least 10 states in the north, and they have struck the capital a handful of times.

              Jos and other cities on the volatile “Middle Belt” lie on

              the delicate fault line between the largely Muslim north and

              mostly Christian south that is prone to violence between the two communities.

              Two attacks on churches in Jos this year have, however, failed to ignite sustained violence.



Soldiers kill nine Boko Haram members in Kano.

Some of the items recovered from suspected Boko Haram sect members, put on display in Bukavu Barracks in Kano, Nigeria, on March. 21.

The Joint Military Task Force in the early hours of Wednesday killed nine and arrested two suspected Boko Haram members who attacked Tudun Wada Local Government, Kano State.

The gunmen were said to be making attempts to escape after they used explosives to attack a police headquarters, the Divisional Police Officer and set fire to a nearby bank when soldiers struck.

The 3rd Brigade, Nigeria Army General Officer Commanding, Brig- Gen. Iliyasu Abba, said the JTF who received a distress call from the town raced to the area to confront the hoodlums, stopping them from carting away money from the bank.

Abba said, “We quickly mobilised our men to the scene and that was how we successfully got them. Two more gunmen were arrested.”

He showed the two arrested suspects and bodies of the dead to journalists put the weapons on display at the Bakavu Barracks, Kano.

The weapons included several pistols and AK-47 assault rifles, ammunition and police body armour, seized after the shootout.

“We blocked both ends of the roads to Tudun Wada and waited for the hoodlums, who came in three vehicles. We laid an ambush for them, seized the vehicle,” Reuters quoted the army chief as saying.

Abba advised the residents to always maintain safe distance during combat operation to avoid being hit by stray bullets.

He assured them that the JTF would respond to any distress call and restore peace to troubled areas in the North under threats from armed gangs.


by Mustapha Salihu in Kano.

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