Bomb Blast Hits Jos Church

Scene of bomb blast at Jos


One person was injured in a bomb blast which hits a church in Jos, capital of Plateau State

A SECURITY guard in Angwan Yanshi of Tudun Wada area of Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State on Sunday, July 12, saved the lives of hundreds of people that would have been killed in the Sunday morning multiple blasts that rocked the Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA.

An eye witness said that the church was full to the brim with worshippers who came for the first morning service when one of the bombs went off. The eyewitness, who gave his name as Garuba, said after controlling the panicky worshippers, the guard started combing the premises and in the process, discovered another bomb near the toilet.

The brave guard did not wait to alert anybody as he quickly picked the lethal parcel and threw it over the fence. The parcel exploded spontaneously, missing him just by a whisker. He, however, sustained minor injuries from the flying shrapnel.

Men of the anti-bomb squad were later called in. When they were combing the area, another improvised electronic devise, IED, was discovered in an abandoned kiosk, some 10 metres away. Abel Mbibi, officer in charge of anti-bomb in the Plateau State Police Command, said his men were able to detonate the bomb safely, with no threat to lives and property.

According to him, the IED is an anti-tilted device. “We discovered that the IED is an anti-tilted device. This means that it was constructed in such a way that it will explode any time it is turned either way by person or object. That was why it exploded immediately the guard picked it up. Our men also combed the area and we discovered the same type of bomb in an abandoned kiosk about 10 metres away,” Mbibi said.

The latest incident came less than a week after suicide bombers attacked the Dilimi mosque in the same Jos North Local Government Area. The ECWA Church in Tudun Wada is located near the federal secretariat. Speaking on the blasts, the police said no one was killed from the blasts. Emmanuel Abuh, police public relations manager, said the area was thoroughly combed after the blast and there was no further threat.

The incident came as multiple acts of terror were also recorded around Maiduguri, Borno State, on Saturday night. A bomber detonated his explosives in a bus at a Maiduguri motor park, killing four people including himself. Other blasts targeted the Maiduguri office of the Department of State Security Service. The insurgents were also said to have mounted roadblocks around Damagum and set many vehicles ablaze.

— Jul 13, 2015 @ 12:50 GMT


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