By EMMANUEL UDOM
St Rita's Catholic Church in Ungwan Yero, Kaduna was bombed this Sunday by the Boko Haram folks. The police and NEMA, are singing discordant tunes on the actual number of persons either injured or killed.
It is expected, as contacts made in Kaduna show that security agents,officials of the emergency office and other rescue persons are already in ground to clear up the mess.
According to www.saharareporters.com, an official of the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) confirmed that at least 8 people were dead. NEMA's figure contradicted initial claims by the Kaduna State Police that only the suicide bomber died in the suicide bomb attack.
Several survivors who witnessed the bombing also told our correspondent that they saw several dead worshipers after the attack. They also disclosed that some furious worshipers pursued and killed a few bystanders following the suicide bombing attack.
A security source in Kaduna confirmed that some other people were attacked and killed immediately after the terror attack. The sources said security agents in the city were trying to manage the tense situation in order to avert escalation of reprisal attacks.
Reverend Father Anthony Zaka, the deputy communications director of the media center at the Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna said that the bomber must have done enough reconnaisance at the church to determine how to cause maximum carnage.
He disclosed that the attacker rammed his car through the wall and inside the church before the explosion. He stated that five worshipers died on the spot and that four of the seriously wounded parishioners died at the hospital within the last one hour. He expressed fear that the casualty figures would rise in the coming hours and days.
The officiating priest as well as hundreds of other worshipers sustained serious to critical injuries in the attack. Hear a witness as carried by saharareporters “I don't really know what to say. My hands are trembling and my fingers are refusing to flex,"
If somebody had told me that I will one day experience what happened today I will swear by everything that it's impossible. This is the height of inhumanity to man. Innocent worshipers blasted by a suicide bomber. The casualties I counted are way above 15. The entire choir was affected and that group was most affected.”