UPDATE 12: Kaduna State governor has declared 24-hour curfew as angry youth go on rampage following the church bombings.
UPDATE 11: Daily Trust has confirmed that at least 13 people lost their lives in the bomb attacks on three churches in Kaduna this morning.
In addition, about 11 others have been killed in reprisal attacks across the town.
According to Dr. Taylor Adeyemi, the acting Chief Medical Director of St. Luke’s hospital in Wusasa, 40 victims, mostly children were brought into their hospital following the blast at ECWA in Wusasa. Of this number, three were dead on arrival.
From the blast at the Christ the King Cathedral at No. 80 Yoruba street Daily Trust confirmed 10 dead and over 50 injured. Daily Trust is yet to get details of the casualties from the Trikania attack.
UPDATE 10: Police spokesman Aminu Lawan said officers have been dispatched to the area and they have succeeded in restoring peace and that everywhere is calm now.
UPDATE 9: Soldiers and policemen have cordoned off all the scenes of bomb blasts in Kaduna state, denying journalists access.
UPDATE 8: Violent riots reported in parts of Kaduna following the multiple bomb explosions targeting worship centers around the state.
UPDATE 7: Students of Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic are worst hit as most of the Christian students worship at the church.
UPDATE 6: The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed that the third blast occurred along the Bye-Pass of Zaria city in Kaduna State, North-West Nigeria.
UPDATE 5: Rescue and security officers have moved to the scene,” spokesman Yushau Shuaib said in a statement.
UPDATE 4: Youths plan reprisal attack.
UPDATE 3: The suicide bomber forced himself into the vicinity of the church after the security guards at the gate tried to stop him. He detonated the bomb in front of the entrance.
UPDATE 2: Eyewitnesses said at least 8 people have been confirmed dead.
UPDATE 1: Report says third explosion has gone off at Shalom Church, Trikania.
Explosions have been reported at two churches in Zaria, Kaduna State.
Report says suicide bombers attacked two churches in Zaria this morning.
The two churches reportedly affected are on the Christ the King Catholic Cathedral, Sabon Gari and ECWA GoodNews Church, Wusasa.
There is ongoing gunfight between the police and unidentified gunmen on the scene of the second suicide attack on the premises of the CKC church on Yoruba Road in Sabon Gari area of the old city.
Spokesperson of the Kaduna State command of the Nigerian Police Force, Aminu Lawan, confirmed the two explosions.
“Our men have been dispatched to the area, we will give you updates as soon as we confirm anything, right now investigations have commenced,” he said.
We are unable to confirm casualty figures at this time.