Christmas carnage in Nigeria; 5 churches bombed
December 26th, 2011
12:19 AM ET

Christmas carnage in Nigeria; 5 churches bombed

By the CNN Wire Staff

Jos, Nigeria (CNN) - A string of bombs struck churches in five Nigerian cities Sunday, leaving dozens dead and wounded on the holiday, authorities and witnesses said.

The blasts mark the second holiday season that bombs have hit Christian houses of worship in the west African nation. In a statement issued late Sunday, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan called the bombings "a dastardly act that must attract the rebuke of all peace-loving Nigerians."

"These acts of violence against innocent citizens are an unwarranted affront on our collective safety and freedom," Jonathan said. "Nigerians must stand as one to condemn them."

Bombs targeted churches across the country, hitting the cities of Madalla, Jos, Kano, and Damaturu and Gadaka, said journalist Hassan John, who witnessed the carnage in Jos. The death toll in Madalla alone was 18, including two people reported dead overnight at a nearby hospital, Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency spokesman Yushau Shuaib told CNN.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Christianity • Christmas • Church • Holidays • Religious violence

soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Cynthia

    Islam is a theocratic, social, political and military system with bit of religion thrown in to make it legitimate. It really is Communism plus some "religion". To understand Islam you must learn about the Quran, Surahs and the Hadiths. They teach that Islam HAS to be the only "religion" left and then there will be peace-hence, the "religion of peace" reference. Mohammad taught that war was deceit, lying was permitted and to kill Christains and Jews or make them pay a tax, or enslave them. While many of the verses in the Koran are peaceful, Mohammad said to follow the verses that are the more violent. (abrogation) Until Islam can undergo what the Christians did in having a Reformation, I'm afraid the Barbarism will continue just as it has for the last 1400 years. It's like "Hotel California"-you can enter but you can't ever leave.

    December 26, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  2. uzoozy

    These acts of destruction and killing is being condemned by a lot of Muslims, me too.
    You have to open your eyes to see it.
    FYI these blogs are seldom read and never published in the Newspapers so where do you hear the condemnation.
    God bless all the victims and their families God bless Nigeria and make it safe

    December 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  3. Keith

    By all means let's build more mosques in the US. Isn't islam just great?

    December 26, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  4. Reality

    Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

    This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

    And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

    Current crises:

    The global Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

    December 26, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  5. jameser35

    I try not to be a theorist but maybe this is a well articulated political stunt meant to mimick an act of radical Islam. Then again, maybe Christians should mobilize politically against the various Islamic factions in the area on whom the blame will invariably be placed. Predictable bs all the way. Absolutely nothing to do with religion.

    December 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  6. JohnR

    Just awful Hate that just breeds more hate.

    December 26, 2011 at 5:48 am |
    • The Phist

      Religion breeds hate. You are correct.

      December 26, 2011 at 7:25 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      Religion may breed hatred, but Jesus breeds love.

      December 26, 2011 at 9:50 am |
    • JohnR

      Oh yeah, Rainer, where is all this "love" Jesus breeds?

      December 26, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • JohnR

      @Phist Sectarianism breeds hate, or at least often does, just like factionalism does in the secular world. There's a lot wrong with religion, but it's never been the only source of creepy conduct.

      December 26, 2011 at 10:48 am |
    • Rainer is a numbskull - which make him a perfect Christian

      Jesus IS religion, you dingbat! Religion is defined as " the service and worship of God or the supernatural." You are trying to pretend that "religion" and "organized religion" are the same thing.

      And Jesus has caused incredible amounts of religious war, persecution, torture and oppression over the centuries.

      Now show me where Jesus caused a war to stop, torture to end, oppression to be lifted, and persecution to cease. I'm going to be waiting indefinitely for that.

      December 26, 2011 at 11:04 am |
    • Chad

      First, Jesus Christ isn't "religion", Jesus Christ is a person.
      If you are a sserting that Christian insti tutions have knowingly/unknowingly perpetrated evil acts then you are correct.
      If you are attempting to indict Jesus Christ with those human failings, you are incorrect.

      December 26, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • Bingo

      I couldn't agree more, Chad. Jesus was nothing more than a person.

      December 26, 2011 at 11:22 am |
    • Chad

      @Bingo "I couldn't agree more, Chad. Jesus was nothing more than a person."

      => and what a person! Fully God, fully human, He died that you and I might live.

      December 26, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  7. Ghani1992

    FYI People: The people who bombed these churches have no place in Islam and are going to hell. they are not Muslims no matter how many times they may claim they are. I just don't get why some of you are quick to believe that this is what Islam preaches. Peace be upon you all.

    December 26, 2011 at 5:32 am |
    • The Phist

      No such thing as hell.

      December 26, 2011 at 7:25 am |
    • just sayin

      Yes there is Phist, i just read your writings.

      December 26, 2011 at 7:41 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @just sayin: there is a hell?? prove it!! use scientific data to do so and given that you can't ever do that, the only thing you have to go on are the delusions you live by...fear in the unknown runs rampant amongst christards

      December 26, 2011 at 7:50 am |
    • Mirosal

      @ Truth ... m'lady, I think JS is actually CA in another spandex uniform

      December 26, 2011 at 7:52 am |
    • The Phist

      Hades is from Greek mythology, which magically appears in the bible. That should tell you something about the existence of hell.

      December 26, 2011 at 8:16 am |
    • just sayin

      Slowlyso you all can understand
      The quality
      And content
      Of Phists
      on earth.

      December 26, 2011 at 8:23 am |
    • Chad

      @Ghani1992 "FYI People: The people who bombed these churches have no place in Islam and are going to hell. they are not Muslims no matter how many times they may claim they are. I just don't get why some of you are quick to believe that this is what Islam preaches. Peace be upon you all"

      =>what you are saying may be true, however, it can not be argued that an abnormally large % of "Islamists" adopt violence as their primary tool.
      It's a question of percentages, few would be attempting to paint Islam as a whole with that same brush if they were in fact isolated incidents AND the vast majority of the rest of Islam immediately condemned it and sought to bring them to justice.
      However, what we see is the opposite. It is a very large proportion of the Muslim community actively practicing violence (Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah, this bunch in Nigeria)
      where is the condemnation by the world wide Muslim community?

      Therefor, you as a Muslim have to answer for this.

      December 26, 2011 at 11:27 am |


    December 26, 2011 at 3:13 am |
    • The Phist

      This kind of thing happens because of religion.

      December 26, 2011 at 7:26 am |
  9. Timothy P

    And the Muslims are off to the races with their "religion of peace"!
    What a weak god they have. Like the Christians.
    Can't do a damn thing on their own and won't defend themselves or their followers.
    No gods here. Just mentally retarded crazy people killing each other again.
    Keep moving, folks. Just the same old crap here.

    December 26, 2011 at 1:18 am |
    • Darryl R.

      It's time for Mosques to start feeling the heat, everytime I turn around they are attacking our places of worship with explosives, setting them on fire, rammming vehicles into them, I say everytaime a church is touched we take out a mosque.

      January 24, 2012 at 10:59 am |
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