“We are presently there, evacuating the dead and the injured but unfortunately we don’t have enough ambulances.
Damage after the explosion at St Theresa Catholic church at Madala
“Most of our ambulances have gone to operate on the major highways of the country.”
A police officer was killed when gunmen opened fire on officers guarding the area around the Jos bombing, a government spokesman said.
Two other locally made explosives were found in a nearby building and disarmed, he added.
A car peppered with shrapnel after the attack at Madala
There were two blasts in the north eastern city of Damaturu, one of them a suicide car bombing.
Local police commissioner Tanko Lawan said the headquarters of Nigeria‘s secret police in the area was the target of the car bomb. There is no immediate information on casualties.
“I condemn today’s bomb attacks in or near churches in Nigeria,” he said. “These are cowardly attacks on families gathered in peace and prayer to celebrate a day which symbolises harmony and goodwill towards others.
“I offer my condolences to the bereaved and injured.”
A series of incidents were reported across Nigeria
The sect wants to introduce strict Shariah law across Nigeria, an oil-rich nation of more than 160 million people.
The north of the country is predominantly Muslim, while the south has a mainly Christian population. The Jos area, where north meets south, is mixed.
The Foreign Office
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- Nigerian church bombed during Christmas prayers (guardian.co.uk)
- Who are Nigeria’s Boko Haram? (africaunchained.blogspot.com)
- Nigerians fear more church attacks after 39 killed (seattletimes.nwsource.com)