Islamic extremists bomb church, home; kill 7comment (0)
February 9, 2012
BAUCHI, Nigeria — Early morning attacks Jan. 22 in Tafawa Balewa, Bauchi state left at least seven Christians dead and a church building destroyed. The attack on the Evangelical Church Winning All Church 2, residents of Tafawa Balewa said, was carried out by area Islamic extremists alongside members of the Boko Haram sect, with the church building and surrounding houses bombed.
Yunnana Yusufu, pastor of the Church of Christ in Nigeria in Tafawa Balewa, said the assailants arrived in the early morning hours and began shooting at Christians in the town.
“I saw seven dead bodies of some of the Christians killed,” Yusufu said. “The situation is terrible, and I am about to go out to other parts of the town, to see the extent of the damage caused by the attackers.” Yusufu said that many other Christians were injured. Bauchi Police Commissioner Ikechukwu Aduba reportedly confirmed the attack on Tafawa Balewa, saying two soldiers and a policeman, as well as eight civilians, were later killed in a gunfight. He added that six suspects had been arrested.
Police also reported that bombs were thrown at a Catholic church building and an evangelical church building in Bauchi city, causing little damage and no deaths or injuries. Two weeks prior, gunmen believed to be Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacked three Christian farmers on their farms in Pyakman village, near Tafawa Balewa, killing the three.