Leadership (Abuja)

26 November 2012

Nigeria: Jaji Blast - Death Toll Rises to 15, Says Commandant

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The Commandant, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, AVM Abdullahi Kureh said the death toll of Sunday blasts in Jaji, Kaduna had increased to 15.

Kureh confirmed this to Gov. Patrick Yakowa on Monday when he visited the site of the attack in Jaji, Igabi local government area of Kaduna state.

He condemned a situation where people who went to pray to God to give us peace were attacked by another group, saying that security had been beefed up to forestall future recurrence.

Kureh decried the spates of attacks witnessed in various parts of the country, adding that no meaningful development could be achieved without peace.

On his own part, Gov. Yakowa commiserated with the family of the victims, describing the incidence as an act of "terrorism or religious extremism aimed at destroying the country."

He condemned the attack at the command, saying that people expects that the Command, as a premier military institution, should have solution to the insurgency bedevilling the nation, rather it was attacked.

Yakowa stressed the need for a synergy between all the security agencies, traditional leaders, and other stakeholders to arrest the situation.

He directed that all government installations, as well as civilians should be properly guided against any attack.

The governor urged the perpetrators to lay down their arms, embrace peace as the government was ready to dialogue with them.

Yakowa said the state government and the military would assist the victims to enable them recover.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that 11 people were on Sunday killed in a twin bomb blast at the St Andrew Military Protestant Church, Military Cantonment, Jaji.

NAN

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