This Day (Lagos)

25 November 2012

Nigeria: Army Confirms 11 Dead As Suicide Bombers Hit Jaji Military Base

Photo: Leadership
Church attack (file photo).

In a rare and shocking breach of security, two suicide bombers successfully exploded their devices at a church inside the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) Jaji, Kaduna on Sunday killing 11 and wounding scores.

The Military Directory of Information, AFCSC, Jaji, Lt-Col. Muhammed Dole confirmed to THISDAY that the bombings occurred around 12 noon Sunday at St Andrew Military Protestant Church.

Dole said that the bombers struck after church services with the first car exploding inside the church premises, while the second bomb-laden car exploded outside with a lot of casualties.

He said: "There were twin suicide bombings today (Sunday) at the St. Andrew Military Protestant Church, Jaji Military Cantonment at 1205hrs and 1215hrs. A bus first ran into the church and exploded about five minutes after services while a Toyota Camry parked outside the church detonated 10 minutes later".

"Casualty figures I can confirm are 11 dead and about 30 injured. The injured are receiving treatment at military hospitals both in Jaji and Kaduna. Investigation into the bombings has commenced."

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