The people of Nigeria had a bloody Christmas this year as a number of bombings rocked different parts of the country. An Islamist group by the name of Boko Haram has claimed the responsibility of these Christmas day bombings. The bombings took place on Sunday as people were celebrating Christmas and attending services in churches.
One of the attacks took place in a Catholic church named St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, which is a small town in Niger state close to the capital, Abuja. In that attack, around 25 people were killed and the rescue workers are still tallying the number of wounded who were taken to different hospitals across the city. The bombing took place as Christmas services were going on inside the church.
"We were in the church with my family when we heard the explosion. I just ran out. Now I don't even know where my children or my wife are,'' Timothy Onyekwere told Reuters. "I don't know how many were killed but there were many dead.''
The spokesman of Boko Haram, Abu Qaqa, claimed responsibility of the attack in a statement to the journalists association of Maiduguri, which is the capital of the group’s main activities. This Christmas day bombing came just a year after a series of Christmas Eve bombings in Jos, Nigeria that resulted in the death of 32 people and left another 74 wounded.
The emergency response units in Nigeria had inadequate resources to deal with the situation. Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency acknowledged that it did not have enough ambulances immediately on hand. There was also a group of angry people gathered around the blast site and they were hampering the rescue efforts.
"We're trying to calm the situation," an officer said. "There are some angry people around trying to cause problems."
A second explosion took place near Mountain of Fire and Miracles Church, which are both located in Jos. Later, some gunmen, who belonged to the group, started killing people with rifles and even shot at police officers. There were two other locally made explosives which were found in a nearby building, but thankfully they were disarmed.