The tense security situation in Nigeria took a turn for the worse as scores of Nigerians lost their lives on Sunday as explosions rocked cities across four different states. The Boko Haram sect has claimed responsibility for the attacks that killed about 40 people and wounded many more on Christmas Day.
At least 27 of the worshippers who had gone to attend the Christmas service at the St. Theresa’s church, Madalla near Abuja lost their lives when the church was hit by an explosion.
Another blast was recorded near the Mountain of Fire and Miracles, a popular church in Jos, Plateau State where a policeman was confirmed dead in a gunfight that ensued after the explosion.
Three attacks were also carried out in Yobe State with about seven people dead. Four soldiers were killed in one of the attacks in Damaturu, the state capital when a suicide bomber driving a car rammed into a convoy that was driving into the premises of the State Security Service.
More than 60 people were killed in the last one week during clashes between soldiers and members of the outlawed sect.
It will be recalled that the sect had issued threats that on or before Christmas day, it would carry out bombings in Jos, specific targets were also named.