Every third Sunday of the month of June is normally dedicated to the celebration of fatherhood. It however turned out to be a bloody Fathers’ Day in 2012 as three churches were bombed in Kaduna State on Sunday morning.
Christ The King Church, located in Yoruba Road in the Sabon Gari area of Kaduna and ECWA Church in Wusasa, Zaria were attacked. Shalom Church located in Kaduna, the state capital was also hit by a bomb attack.
While ECWA was attacked by a suicide bomber who drove a bomb laden Honda into the premises, killing three people in the process, some suspected terrorists hurled bombs at the CKC church killing some children. Eye witnesses said the suspects were apprehended and killed by a mob.
The bombings also sparked off reprisal attacks as the roads linking the Southern part of Kaduna to Abuja were blocked, people suspected to be muslims were dragged out of their cars and killed. Meanwhile, Governor Patrick Yakowa has imposed a 24-hour curfew to prevent further breakdown of law and order.