Woman sui­cide bomber strikes Nige­rian church


A woman sui­cide bomber blew up in the midst of a crowded evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tian church ser­vice in north­east Nige­ria on Sun­day and killed at least five peo­ple, wit­nesses said.

It is the latest bomb­ing in a string of at­tacks blamed on Is­lamic ex­trem­ist group Boko Haram that’s killed some 200 peo­ple in the past week.

Nearly 100 men and boys pray­ing in mosques were gunned down on Wed­nes­day, and a lo­cal of­fi­cial said Sun­day that 21 more bod­ies have been re­cov­ered from burnt-out houses since then.

On Fri­day, the mil­i­tary said six women sui­cide bombers caused ex­plo­sions that killed scores of peo­ple in­clud­ing a soldier at Zaba­mari Muna vil­lage out­side Maiduguri, the big­gest city in north­east Nige­ria and the birthplace of Boko Haram.

Po­lice Sun­day rushed to the Re­deemed Chris­tian Church of God in Po­tiskum, the largest city in north­east­ern Yobe state. Wail­ing women and stunned men wan­dered around the wreck­age of smashed bricks and twisted zinc sheets blown off the church roof. One con­gre­gant said the blast came from a woman in the con­gre­ga­tion. She was too scared to give her name.

An As­so­ci­ated Press re­porter counted five bod­ies from the blast in the morgue of the lo­cal hos­pi­tal, where a wounded woman was be­ing treated.

Nige­ria’s Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari on Fri­day con­demned the latest at­tacks as bar­baric and said they un­der­line the need for an ex­panded multi­na­tional army to crush the ex­trem­ists.

Boko Haram took con­trol of a large swath of north­east Nige­ria last year and de­clared an Is­lamic caliphate. As it stepped up cross-bor­der at­tacks, Nige­ria and its neigh­bours de­ployed a multi­na­tional army that this year drove them out. But at­tacks are in­creas­ing as Boko Haram ap­par­ently re­sponds to an Is­lamic State group di­rec­tive to in­ten­sify vi­o­lence dur­ing the Mus­lim holy month of Ramadan.

At least 13,000 peo­ple have died in the 6-year-old Is­lamic upris­ing that has driven 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple from their homes.


Peo­ple gather around the Re­deemed Chris­tian Church of God, af­ter a bomb blast in Po­tiskum, Nige­ria, Sun­day.

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