LAGOS, Nigeria (CathNews) — Nigeria’s new cardinal has spoken of his dismay following a deadly attack on a church inside a major military establishment, saying that it shows nowhere is safe, reports the Independent Catholic News.
Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja, described as “particularly worrisome” the explosion on Sunday at St Andrew’s Protestant Church, inside the Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Jaji, Kaduna state. At least 11 people are reported dead.
Nigerian military said two suspect vehicles entered the establishment — one a bus that was driven into the wall of the church causing an explosion but no casualties.
When people gathered to see what had happened, a second more serious explosion took place, killing 11 and injuring a further 30 people. This is the third successive Sunday that a church in Kaduna has been attacked. This time, Islamist group Boko Haram denied responsibility.
Speaking from Rome just two days after being made a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI, the prelate told Aid to the Church in Need: “Once again, a great tragedy has taken place, but in this case the circumstances are particularly worrisome.”