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10 killed in car terror attack in Nigeria

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10 killed in car terror attack in Nigeria

A government Security staff of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, ASC II Adamu Abubakar, a Muslim, drove his car, into an Easter parade of youths killing 8 and injuring over 30 in Gombe State, north eastern Nigeria.

An eye witness said a Boys’ Brigade company, from St Peter’s Anglican Church, Madaki and (Evangelical Church Wining All) ECWA Church in Bamusa and Barunde was marching on the street in an Easter night procession, preparing for an Easter Monday parade on Sabon Layi street in Gombe, “when a salon car belonging to the Civil Defence was prevented from passing through the road, (A usual security and precautionary measure since the emergence of Boko Haram Islamic insurgencies), “however, when our pastor prevailed on us, we allowed the driver to pass, but after dropping off his female passenger, he moved stealthily with his car from behind and (drove straight into) our members.” Michael Adeniran, a member of ECWA Boys’ Brigade said.

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SP Mary Malum, Gombe Police Public Relations Officer, confirming the incident said, “there are 10 death cases and 30 injured victims receiving treatment at the state specialist hospital and other private health institutions. Eight out of the 10 dead persons were members of the Gombe State Boys’ Brigade, while the other two were the driver of the car and his friend.”

Mishack Michael, another witness, said the Security officer driving the car and the passenger, suspected to be a police officer, were killed in an immediate reprisal by the youths.

Rev. Abare Kala, the North-East Chairman of the Christian Assosciation of Nigeria (CAN) has appealed to Christian youths for calm. “Two wrongs cannot make a right. So, I appeal for caution in the process of addressing the issue. If we apply the wrong approach, it will lead to another issue. For now, we are trying to calm the situation by appealing to Christians to see reasons for calm and allow the authorities concerned to take necessary measures.

“We are aware of the pain this sad event had caused, but let’s be calm and allow the leadership to handle the matter,” Kala appealed.

Mr. Charles Iliya, Deputy Governor of Gombe State, has also called for calm stating that the do all that is necessary to ensure that justice is done. He pleaded with the Christian community, which is minority in the state, to let security operatives carry out their duties.