BLOODY SUNDAY: Explosions rock churches in Nigeria & Tanzania

By Obinna Odenigbo

bomb sceneAccording to the AFP, at least 30 people were injured, three seriously, in a suspected bomb attack Sunday at a packed Catholic church in the northern Tanzanian city of Arusha.

Witnesses said at least one person had been trampled to death in the stampede after the blast.

What is even more? The Vatican’s ambassador to Tanzania, Archbishop Francisco Montecillo Padilla, was attending mass at the church but was not harmed, officials said.

“There have been 30 people wounded, three in a serious condition, and one person has been arrested,” said regional police chief Liberatus Sabas.

In a similar incident, a group of gunmen stormed a village in  Adamawa in Nigeria earlier today (Sunday) on the border with Cameroon killing 10 residents in attacks on a church and a market, police said.

The gunmen opened fire on a market square in Njilang village in Adamawa state, killing six people before storming a local church in the same village where they killed four worshippers, Mohammed Ibrahim, the state police spokesman, told AFP.

“Unknown gunmen went into the village this morning and attacked a market square where they killed six people and then proceeded to a church where they shot dead four others,” Ibrahim said.

Nine people were wounded in the attacks in the small farming village, 230 kilometres (145 miles) from the state capital Yola, Ibrahim said.


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