June 18, 2012 – Kaduna Church Bombings: Death Toll Exceeds 100
The death toll as a result of the bomb explosions that hit churches at Zaria and Kaduna yesterday and the reprisal attacks at different parts of Kaduna metropolis has continued to increase.
Though official figures by the police and State Emergency Management Agency put the death toll at 34 and the wounded 150 persons, unofficial account from members of the affected Zaria and Kaduna churches that spoke to us today put the figures at over 100 with more than 300 injured
Solomon Shendong , a member of the bombed ECWA Church, Wusasa, Zaria, revealed that 30 members of the church have been confirmed dead, while several others are still in critical condition at Anglican Church, Wusasa, and other hospitals in Zaria.
Mathew Ishaya , a member who claimed to have “escaped death by the whiskers,” informed us that the bombers killed more than 20 members and over 60 were severely injured.
And at Shalom church, Kaduna, a church official disclosed that only a soldier, two private security guards and the bomber died.
According to the official, “no member of the church died except for one of our ushers that was injured.”
A source among a team of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, evacuating the dead victims of the reprisal attacks at Sabon-Tasha, Nasarawa, Ungwar Romi, Goni-Gora, Trikania, Kudenda and other parts of the state told our correspondent that they had picked more that 80 corpses, most of them burnt.
We gathered that the death toll was still rising and may shoot up to over 100.
However, normalcy has returned to Kaduna following the round-the-clock curfew imposed on the state yesterday after riots broke out in different parts of the metropolis.
Residents have been forced to remain indoors while soldiers and other security personnel are patrolling the streets.
The 24-hour curfew according to Senior Special to Kaduna Governor, Reuben Buhari will remain until there was a clear sign of some relative calm in the state.
Meanwhile, rescuers searched for bodies and hospitals struggled to find blood Monday after suicide attacks on three churches in Nigeria and subsequent rioting killed at least 45 and wounded more than 100, reports AFP.
“Many of them need surgery, but a shortage of blood is stalling treatment,” a Red Cross official in Kaduna said of the wounded on Monday.
“We’re still going about looking for more bodies in these neighbourhoods.”
Officials put the state — which last year saw rioting that left more than 600 people dead in the wake of presidential elections — under curfew for 24 hours.
“As of last night, around 10 p.m., the death toll stood at 45,” a rescue official said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to issue death tolls.
“The death toll is expected to rise when we get updated.”