Daily Trust (Abuja)

23 January 2012

Nigeria: Explosions At Two Churches in Bauchi

Two explosions occurred at two churches in Bauchi metropolis with little or no damage done to them.

The churches attacked were the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA) 2 at the Railway Area and Our Lady of St. Lauretto Catholic Church, Fadaman Mada.

Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ikechukwu Ayo Aduba informed Daily Trust that the exploded IEDs at the churches were the type used at quarries to blast rocks, adding that minimal damage of the perimeter fence and part of a roof as well as the after-effect vibration affecting the louvre glasses were what happened to the churches.

He said: "The exploded IEDs which our bomb experts had classified as surface blasting that could be merely mounted and ignited, and normally used in quarries for blasting rocks, caused minimal damage of part of the perimeter fence and part of a roof at the three points of explosion and the after-effect vibration also affected the louvre glasses of the adjoining houses and there was no report of casualty."

He explained that the hoodlums tried to truncate the relative peace so far witnessed in Bauchi State, adding, however: "As officers on oath, we remain undeterred and on course in our quest at ensuring an enduring peace in the state."

In a telephone interview, the pastor in charge of the ECWA 2, Reverend Shuaibu Byal, who is also the chairman of the Bauchi State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, stated that they heard the explosion at about 5 am. He added that it was a minor damage that was done to the fence of his church.

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