4 Threat Matrix: Boko Haram kills 20 Christians in Easter Day bombings
Written by Bill Roggio on April 8, 2012 11:08 AM to 4 Threat Matrix
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The radical Islamist terror group Boko Haram killed more than 20 Christians and wounded dozens more in a series of bombings outside a church in Kaduna. One of the attacks appears to have been carried out by a suicide bomber. From AFP:
At least one car said to be driven by a suicide bomber was involved in the attack, though a rescue official speaking on condition of anonymity said two vehicles packed with explosives detonated.
"Now we have 20 dead from the twin explosions," the rescue official, who was not authorised to speak publicly, told AFP. Officials were still counting the number of wounded, he added.
"Bombs concealed in two cars went off just opposite this church," he said.
A police officer at the scene said a man believed to be a suicide bomber driving a car was stopped at a checkpoint near the church and turned back, but drove to a nearby area close to a hotel and detonated the bomb.
Other cars in the area were damaged, but it was unclear if they were also carrying explosives, he said.
A spokesman for the national emergency management agency said most of the victims appeared to be motorcyle taxi drivers who were in the area at the time.
Boko Haram, which has been linked to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Shabaab, both al Qaeda affiliates in Africa, has previously stated it seeks "to eradicate Christians" from areas in Nigeria. The group has a penchant for targeting Christians at churches, especially on religious holidays.