Bishops call attack on Nigerian parish ‘barbarous’
“A cowardly, barbarous and horrible act, that any ordinary person can only condemn. It is unthinkable that anyone is able to commit such actions, but unfortunately it happens,” the archbishop told Fides news agency Oct. 29.
On Sunday, a suicide bomber killed himself and seven others when he drove his explosives-filled jeep into St. Rita’s parish in the city of Kaduna during a Mass. Hundreds were wounded in the attack.
The driver was stopped at the security gate outside the church. At first he reversed his car, but then drove straight through the church’s wall and set off his explosives.
He ripped a large hole in the wall and ceiling of the building, near the sanctuary. The jeep’s remains are hardly discernible as a vehicle.
The injured were taken to hospitals in the surrounding area.
Though responsibility for the attack has not been claimed, it is widely believed to have been carried out by Boko Haram, a militant Islamist group in the country whose name means “Western education is sinful.”
Local Christians have been asked by both government and religious leaders not to retaliate with further violence. [More]