Catholic church hit in suicide terrorist attack - 90 Percent of Victims Are Children
October 29, 2012
Two more people died in revenge attacks, including one man who was burned alive when a crowd from the church went on the rampage.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the strike, in Kaduna city, but Boko Haram, Nigeria's Islamist militants, were suspected.
The group, which is fighting for strict Sharia law to be imposed in the country's north, carried out a similar attack on three churches in Kaduna in June.
The bomber yesterday drove his vehicle to the gates of St Rita's Church in the city, 140 miles north of the capital, Abuja, and detonated his explosives when guards refused him entry to the compound.
Christopher Oyebanji, a Kaduna businessman who was at the 9am service, described how the church building was badly damaged in the attack.
"There was a huge explosion from outside, I was lucky that I was near the door and I managed to escape, but the walls and the roof nearest the bomber fell down straight away," he said.
"I saw two people who were killed being carried out of the church. There were so many other people who were injured, with blood pouring from their wounds. It was so terrible."