Nigerian church blasts kill 21 in Kaduna state

June 2012 

From The Guardian

Suicide bombings at three churches in northern cities of Zaria and Kaduna prompt state curfew amid fears of reprisal attacks

Three suicide bomb attacks on churches has rocked the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing at least 21 people and wounding about 100, officials said.

They prompted protests in a region that has previously been hit by religious tensions. The first two blasts occurred within minutes of each other and targeted churches in the city of Zaria, police said. A third blast hit a church in the city of Kaduna about half an hour later.

An official working for a relief agency involved in rescue efforts said 21 people had been killed and at least 100 people wounded. The Zaria attacks killed the bomber and at least one other person and left 51 wounded, a Nigerian Red Cross official said earlier. The Kaduna attack claimed 10 lives and wounded 29 people, he said.

Police said security prevented the suicide bombers from ramming explosive-laden cars into the churches. “If not for security, there would have been (many) more casualties,” said Mohammed Abubakar Jinjiri, the Kaduna state police chief.

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