The death toll from today’s multiple bomb attacks on churches in Kaduna state is at least 31, reports said, and over 100 have been injured. Police sources expect the death toll to be much higher even as religious tension worsens in the northern city.
A photo journalist with the Daily independent, Nath Jibrin, is said to be among the victims of the Trikaniya Church, Kaduna.
Law enforcement officers in Zaria city where two churches were bombed, sparking reprisal attacks by angry Christian youths, have been ordered to shoot on sight any perpetrators of violence.
A police source said the shoot on sight order came after protesting youths embarked on reprisal attacks following the church bombings. The Daily Trust reported that two mosques were vandalized and at least 11 killed.
The state government in a press release condemned the bombings of the church building and senseless killing of worshippers, but threatened that security operatives would deal with those seeking to take the law into their hands.
Governor Patrick Yakowa, in the statement, called the bombings “unfortunate” and said he was imposing a 24 hour curfew on the state “in view of the incidents and the need to have complete normalcy and to forestall breakdown of law and order”.
“The curfew hours start with immediate effect until further notice.”
He further expressed his regrets at inconveniences caused by the “drastic measures”, but explained that it was necessary.