How Jaji Bombers Tricked Security Men

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Some
soldiers and civilians have been arrested in connection with the suicide bomb
blasts that rocked the military Protestant church inside the Armed Forces
Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna, yesterday, a military source told
LEADERSHIP last night.
This
came as the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Bola Koleosho,
confirmed 11 killed while 30 were injured in the bombing.
Another
source however said that 20 worshippers, including a senior military officer,
were killed in the church that has a total of 1,200 worshippers. The area was
cordoned off immediately the incident happened, thereby preventing journalists
from gaining access to the scene.

The
blast which affected mostly women and children, left many worshippers severely
injured including a senior military officer (names withheld).

Our
correspondent gathered that the suicide bombers drove past the command’s gate
in a Toyota Camry car and a bus.
LEADERSHIP
exclusively gathered that the bombers tricked the soldiers at the gate and passed
with the cars loaded with bombs and other church materials.
A
source within the military formation who pleaded anonymity, said, “The bombers
came through the entrance gate and claimed they were conveying equipment to the
church in preparation of next weekend of year bazaar and thanksgiving service.”
“The
bombers hurried through the main military gate and when reaching the protestant
church, parked the car at the window of the church choir stand, and
immediately, the first explosion took place.  The second one exploded and
killed over 20, including a senior officer. It happened around noon while they
also wanted to bomb the Catholic church,” the source said.
Another
source, who worships in the devastated church, told our correspondent that many
military personnel of the Protestant faith worship in the targeted church.
 Our
correspondents report that the victims were rushed to Ahmadu Bello University
Teaching Hospital and the 44 Army Reference Hospital.
Confirming
the incident, the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Bola
Koleosho said, “There were twin suicide bombings yesterday at St. Andrew
Military Protestant Church, Jaji Military cantonment, at 1205 hours and 1215
hours.”
“A
bus first ran into the church and exploded about five minutes after service
while a Toyota Camry parked outside the church detonated 10 minutes later.
Figures of casualties are 11 dead and about 30 injured. The injured are
receiving treatment at Military hospitals both in Jaji and Kaduna,” he said.
According
to him, investigations into the bombings have commenced and the area already
cordoned off.”
A
source who worships in the devastated church, told our correspondent that many
military personnel of the Protestant faith worship in the targeted church.
Although
details are still sketchy, LEADERSHIP gathered that there were many casualties.
Kaduan
State Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, through his media adviser, Reuben
Buhari, said “It is with deep sadness that we sympathise with the family of
those affected in the unfortunate incidence. No matter what happened, we are
convinced that evil will never triumph over good forever and as such, we call
on all to continue to cooperate with the government and security agencies to
prevent incidents like this.”
Source:
Leadership

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