Nigerians at the moment are witnessing serious security challenge as terrorist attacks targeted at Christians, including explosion of two bombs at church services, have killed at least 40 across Nigeria. One of the victims was a nursing mother identified as, Mrs Elisabeth Ogor,
Most of the victims died on the steps of a Roman Catholic church after celebrating Christmas Mass.The Christmas Day attacks show the growing national ambition of the radical and blood thirsty sect known as, Boko Haram, which is thought to be responsible for 504 killings this year alone.
The sect, which aims to impose sharia law across the country, claimed responsibility for the three church bombs, the second Christmas in a row the group has caused mass carnage with deadly bombings of churches.
The first explosion struck St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, a town in Niger State close to the capital, Abuja, killing at least 35 and wounding 52.
The church was packed full when the bomb exploded just outside.
According to one of the survivors, Mr. Sylvernous Okoh , ‘I was in the church with my family and other worshippers when we heard the explosion. I just ran out. Unfortunately, my wife, Mrs. Elisabeth Ogor died in the attack. Now I don’t know where my children, including my step son among them, Miracle Ogor are at the moment. My son, Miracle Ogor was the target of the terrorists at the church. The terrorists before the attack had declared Miracle Ogor wanted and also threatened to kill him, for his continued reports against them. Though, he escaped the attack, unfortunately, his whereabout is not known. I am therefore using this medium to appeal to Nigerians with useful information on the whereabout of my son, Miracle Ogor should please contact me.”
Another survivor, Mr Okoh Okafor said, ” I don’t know how many were killed but there were many dead.’
Hours after the first bomb, blasts were reported at the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Church in the central, ethnically and religiously mixed town of Jos, and at a church in northern Yobe state at the town of Gadaka.
Residents said many were wounded in Gadaka, but there were no immediate further details.