Two weeks after a suicide bomber attack by the Islamist sect Boko Haram during a church service left at least three Christians dead, a similar blast on March 11, during a Catholic Mass, killed at least nine people in Jos, Nigeria according to Compass News..
As in the Feb. 26 bomb blast outside the church walls of the Church of Christ in Nigeria, security personnel action apparently forced the suspected Islamic extremists to detonate their bomb before it reached the sanctuary where worship was taking place, eyewitnesses said. St. Finbar’s is one of the largest Catholic parishes in Jos, with an average attendance of more than 3,000 worshippers each Sunday.
Damian Babang, 26, a parishioner at the church, told Compass that he had just completed a reading during the service when he heard the explosion. “The next thing I saw was the ceiling of the church falling on us and cries of people struggling to get out of the church,” he said. “Many people are injured, and many have died. I cannot say how many died or are injured, but I saw dead bodies being carried away, as well as the injured.” Babang, visibly traumatized as he spoke inside the church building, told Compass that he did not understand why churches have become targets of Muslim terrorists.
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