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Three killed in suicide bomb attack

| September 29, 2012 More


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XINHUA NEWS
SERVICE REPORTS
FROM THE AFRICAN
CONTINENT

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Three killed in suicide bomb attack
at northern Catholic Church

the suicide bomber detonated his explosives
very close to the Catholic cathedral
 

BAUCHI,
Nigeria (Xinhua)

At least
three people were killed and 22 others sustained
serious injuries in an explosion which rocked a St.
John’s parish of the Catholic Church located in Wunti
area of northern Nigeria’s Bauchi State on Sunday,
during a morning mass, rescue officials have said.

Spokesperson of the National Emergency Management
Agency (NEMA) Yushau Shuaib confirmed the incident
to Xinhua, but was unable to give the exact
casualty figures.

However,
rescue officials on ground at the scene of the
incident confirmed that three corpses including the
suicide bomber, a female adult and a child had been
evacuated from the Catholic Church cathedral near
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ABTU), Bauchi
State.

“The
dead and injured persons have been taken to the
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching
Hospital (ABTUTH) and rescue officials are on top
of the situation with the military officers that
were quickly deployed to cordon-off the area,”
said a top rescue official who pleaded for
anonymity.

The rescue
official added that due to the various degrees of
injury sustained by some of the casualties, the
death toll might increase if proper medical
attention was not given to the victims.

In a text
message sent to Xinhua, NEMA’s spokesperson had
explained the suicide bomber detonated his
explosives very close to the Catholic cathedral.
According to the text message, rescue officials were
still combing the area in search of more casualties
of the Sunday blast.

No group
has claimed responsibility for now.

On June 3,
at least 12 people were killed and several others
were injured when a suicide bomber from the Boko
Haram group attacked a church in the northern city
of Bauchi, in which mostly children and women were
the casualties.

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Muslims protest cartoon,
movie in northern Nigeria

KATSINA, Nigeria (Xinhua)
Hundreds of Muslims in Nigeria’s
northern state of Katsina on Sunday protested
against the U. S.-made movie and the French cartoon
that denigrated the Prophet Mohammed.

The
protesters shouted anti-U. S., France and Israel
slogans with a call on the international community
to punish those behind the sacrilegious movie and
cartoon.

They
condemned those using the media to attack Islam,
urging Muslims across the world to come out and
protest the desecration on the person of Mohammed.

They later
burnt the effigy of U. S. President Barack Obama,
and dragged the flags of the three countries on the
streets for miles round the city.

Most of
the protesters were of the Shiite extract, with
their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-zazaky known for his
firebrand sermons that were often anti-West.

On
Saturday, a similar protest was held in neighboring
Kano State, where Muslims strongly condemned the
anti-Islam movie and cartoon.

The
protesters, who were closely monitored by security
men, were allowed to express their grievances on the
platform of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.

Speaking
to the protesters, the local leader of the Shiite
group, Sheik Yakubu Yahaya, said the cartoon and
movie were aimed at making a “mockery of the tenets
and beliefs of Islam.”

Yakubu
said the move was also aimed at institutionalizing
the Sept. 11 event as an annual “ritual to portray
Islam as a religion of terrorists.”

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