Crime and Security

Terrorists bomb Catholic Church in Taraba

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Gunmen stormed the St. John’s College Catholic Chapel, Mutum-Biyu, headquarters of Gassol Local Government area of Taraba State on Sunday and caused an explosion which destroyed the building.

According to the Principal of the College, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ikyaan, who spoke with newsmen the explosive planted by the terrorists went off around 7:20 pm on Sunday.

Although no life was lost, the building was badly damaged. The principal has called for a thorough investigation to unravel those behind the dastardly act .

“We thank God no life was lost, but the Church has been destroyed. About 10 minutes after the explosion in the school, we started hearing gunshots in the town.

“The youths and some students were holding a programme in the Chapel which doubled as the school hall and had left the premises shortly before the explosion.

“This is a religious premises and if attacks like these are happening to the Church, where will people run to?

“I want to call for a thorough investigation to unravel those behind the attack and the perpetrators brought to book,” Ikyaan said.

Spokesman of Taraba State Police Command, DSP Abdullahi Usman, confirmed the attack.

He said;

“What happened was that some kidnappers attempted to seize the owner of one filling station in the town; fortunately the owner of the filing station escaped unhurt.

“The attackers threw an explosive into the church to scare people and enable them escape from the town.”

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