Nigeria Easter services packed despite bombing worries
A bomb has exploded in Nigeria's central city of Jos, after at least 38 people died in a car bomb attack in the northern city of Kaduna.
Despite looming worries about bomb threats posed by Boko Haram, Christain faithfuls in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, were out in their numbers on Sunday, April 8 to celebrate the greatest day on the Christian calendar—Easter.
The Easter celebrations mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The day also marked the official closure of the 40-day fasting to herald the show piece of the celebrations.
Reports say many others were injured in the Kaduna attack, which took place when officials stopped the vehicle, as it approached a church.
No one has so far taken responsibility for Sunday’s bombings, but the attacks are suspected to be the work of the Boko Haram Islamist sect, which had earlier warned of attacks during the Easter celebrations.
Hundreds of lives have been lost in bombings and shootings by Boko Haram for the past months.
However, while the bombings were going on in Kaduna and Jos, churches in Abuja, including St Mary Catholic Church in the suburb of Karu, conducted a special service to mark Easter.
WADR’s Abuja Correspondent Martins Martins reports.
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