The mangled remains of the car used in the suicide bomb attack
By Segun Awofadeji
Exactly seven days after about nine persons were killed while seven others received various degrees of injuries from gunshots as well as the killing of former Comptroller General of Prison Alhaji Ibrahim Jarma by yet to be identified gun men in Bauchi, tragedy struck again Sunday as three persons were feared killed with several others injured in a bomb explosion that rocked a church in the city centre.
THISDAY checks revealed that the suicide bomber struck at St John’s Catholic Cathedral Church near Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium (ATBS), Wunti some few minutes after 9.00am as members were leaving the church after the first service leaving three people dead including the suicide bomber dead and 48 others injured, some in critical condition.
The dead have been deposited at the mortuary while those injured have been moved to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital (ATBTH), Bauchi for medical treatment.
A member of the church, who spoke THISDAY on condition of anonymity, said that the suicide bomber who came in Vectra saloon car carried out his dastardly act “when he was sure members of the church were filing out after the church’s first service but God is in control.”
The area has been cordoned off by a combined team of security operatives while there is also heavy presence of heavily armed police and military personnel in the state capital.
The state commissioner of police, Mohammed Ladan who said they are on top of the situation promised to address the press on the incident “as soon as possible.”