An explosion shakes the Catholic Church of Taraba
Explosives believed to have been planted by terrorists destroyed part of the Catholic Chapel at St. John’s College, Mutum-Biyu, the seat of Gassol local government in Taraba State.
Principal of the College, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ikyaan, told reporters that the device went off around 7:20 p.m. on Sunday.
He said no lives were lost, the building was hit.
“Young people and some students were holding a program in the chapel which doubles as a classroom and left the area shortly before the explosion,” he said.
Ikyaaan called for a thorough investigation to unravel the perpetrators of the attack, demanding that the perpetrators be brought to justice.
Daily Trust understood that after the attack on the church, the terrorists also entered the city and started shooting.
A resident, Mallam Dalhatu Sule, told the Daily Trust that the shooting began as people observed Magrib prayers.
He said they were forced to shorten prayer times and leave mosques in a hurry.
The town of Mutumbiyu in recent times has been the target of terrorist attacks, resulting in kidnappings.
“Terrorists tried to kidnap a businessman named Alhaji Babale but luckily for him he escaped through the back door of a mosque into his gas station, where he was praying,” he said. Sule said.
Taraba State Police Command Public Relations Officer DSP Abdullahi Usman confirmed the attack.
“What happened was that some kidnappers tried to grab the owner of a gas station in town; fortunately, the owner of the drop station escaped unscathed.
“The attackers threw an explosive into the church to scare people and allow them to escape from the city,” he said.