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Terrorists blow off Catholic chapel in Taraba



EXPLOSIVE device suspected to have been planted by terrorists has blown off the Catholic Chapel of St. John’s College, Mutum-Biyu, headquarters of Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State.

  Principal of the college, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ikyaan, told newsmen that the explosion occurred at about 7:20 p.m on Sunday.

  “We thank God no life was lost, but the church has been destroyed; and 10 minutes after the explosion in the school, we started hearing gunshots in the town. Youths and some students were holding a programme in the chapel which is also used as the school hall and they had left the premises shortly before the explosion.

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

  Taraba State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Usman, confirmed the attack.

  He said, “what happened was that, some kidnappers came to kidnap the owner of one filling station in the town, unfortunately for them, they could not achieve their mission.

  “In the process of running to escape being trapped, they started shooting sporadically. Then, they threw an explosive into the church to cause fear to enable them escape.

  “The explosion blew up and caused some damages to the building but luckily, nobody was hurt”.

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