June 4, 2012
Car Bomb Kills, Injures Dozens At Nigerian Church (UPDATED)
Military allegedly kills 8 and wounds 20 attempting to pacify crowds, claims Christian Association of Nigeria.
Update: The Bauchi chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria has alleged that the Nigierian military killed 8 civilians and wounded 20 while attempting to pacify crowds at the scene of the bombing.
A suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden car into a row of Nigerian churches during Sunday morning services yesterday, killing at least 10 and wounding more than 30. The attack at Living Faith Church in Bauchi, which also damaged neighboring Harvest Field Church, is the latest in a steady stream of church bombings and shootings this year. Boko Haram claimed responsibility, according to the Associated Press and Reuters.
CT has reported how Nigerian Christians this year are debating whether to fight back or turn the other cheek. CT contributor Sunday Agang, a seminary president in Kaduna state, offers theological reflections on a third way.
The attack follows an April attack against a Christian college that killed more than 20, an Easter attack that killed more than 30, and a February attack at a denominational headquarters that killed one and injured more than 30. CT has chronicled the surge in violence since Christmas, as well as previous seasons of sectarian violence.