by Hauwa Gambo
As we reported this morning, three churches were victim of shootings and bombs in Kaduna – leading to the loss of 13 lives.
In what might be a frightening new trend, reprisal attacks by Christians have claimed a further 13 lives.
“The Chief Medical Director of St. Luke’s hospital in Wusasa, Dr. Taylor Adeyemi said that 40 victims, mostly children were brought into their hospital following the blast at ECWA in Wusasa,” Daily Times reports. “Of this number, three were dead on arrival.
“From the blast at the Christ the King Cathedral at No. 80 Yoruba street, 10 have been confirmed 10 dead and over 50 injured. There are no details yet from the casualties from the Trikania attack.
“The explosions sparked violence in Kaduna as Christian youths retaliated, moving around with cutlasses and sticks among other weapons. Sources say the youths burnt a mosque at Television area and another at Goningora was broken into and vandalised in retaliation for the attacks on the three churches.
“According to the spokesman of St. Gerard’s hospital in Kaduna, about 35 victims of the reprisal attacks that followed the bombing were brought in. Seven of them were dead on arrival, burned to death by their assailants.
Road blocks have been set up at strategic areas and traffic along the expressway which was initially halted is now being allowed with military escorts. Other areas of Kaduna metropolis are experiencing an uneasy calm.”
In response, the Kaduna state government has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew to control the counter attacks by the Christian youth who began to destroy property in a show of anger.
“Rioting broke out as soon as Shalom Royal International Church situated in Tirkaniya area in Kaduna was bombed killing several worshippers.
“Hundreds of angry youths started rioting in Gonin Gora near Kaduna-Abuja Express Way. Rioting also broke out in Sabon Tasha, Television, Narayi, and Ungwan Romi. Youths manned the routes burning cars and attacking perceived Hausa-Fulani Muslims.
“A military helicopter was seen hovering over Kaduna city to ensure security.”