Prayers for Nigeria’s bombing victims: The Church of England Newspaper, May 30, 2014 June 17, 2014Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Church of Nigeria.
Tags: Boko Haram
The Church of Nigeria’s Archbishop of Jos, the Most Rev Ben Kwashi, has released a call to prayer for peace and urged forbearance following an attack on the central market of the city on 22 May 2014. Twin bomb blasts killed 118 and wounded 45 people. The first explosion was detonated at 3:00 pm and the second at 3:30, a move police say was designed to kill those helping the victims of the first blast. No group has so far claimed responsibility, but the attack bears the hallmark of Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram security experts report. The attack on Jos marks the group’s continued drive south from their strongholds in the Northeast and may exacerbate tensions in the region, which has witnessed sectarian violence between Christian Berom farmers and Muslim Fulani cattle herders over the past decade. President Goodluck Jonathan condemned the blasts, calling the perpetrators “cruel and evil,” adding the government “remains fully committed to winning the war against terror, and this administration will not be cowed by the atrocities of enemies of human progress and civilization.”