News

    Nigerian Easter Bombing Death Toll Rises

    A body is seen at the site of a bomb explosion at a road in Kaduna, Nigeria, April 8, 2012.
    A body is seen at the site of a bomb explosion at a road in Kaduna, Nigeria, April 8, 2012.
    Anne Look

    In northern Nigeria, health workers continue to treat dozens of wounded after an Easter Sunday bombing killed at least 36 people. The bombing took place despite increased security throughout the region.  No one immediately claimed responsibility, though the militant Islamist group Boko Haram is suspected to be behind the violence. 

    Residents of Kaduna say life is returning to normal Monday, a day after the car bombing that rocked a busy commercial area in the regional capital.

    The leader of a local Christian interfaith association, David Obadiah, said people remain vigilant but life cannot stop.

    "Kaduna is peaceful.  Security measures have been big and people are going about doing their normal businesses.  People have to do their normal business, people have to sell in the market, people have to do all those things.  You can't just be waiting indoors suspecting that somebody is coming to bomb," Obadiah said.

    Northern Nigeria is plagued by almost daily shootings and bomb attacks that are increasingly targeting civilians.

    On Sunday morning, police say a Honda Accord, laden with explosives, blew up on a main city street in Kaduna.  Some suspect the intended target was a nearby Christian church.

    Authorities said it appeared that the car had tried to approach the church compound but was turned back by security guards.  Minutes later, the car exploded near a motorcycle taxi station.

    The extremist group Boko Haram is known to target Christians during holidays.

    Churches throughout the north have employed volunteer security guards since bombings killed 44 people on Christmas Day last year, including more than 30 at a Catholic church near the capital, Abuja.

    Nigerian security forces had stepped up security in the north for Easter weekend, after saying they had uncovered multiple plots to disrupt festivities.

    However, Sunday's attack in Kaduna, as well as smaller incidents throughout the region, show just how stubborn and pervasive the threat really is.

    Security analyst and retired army major Yahyu Shunku said the government needs to do more.

    "The primary aim of government is to assure the security and lives and properties of its citizens," noted Shunku. "The government has failed to secure its citizens from these types of attacks. So it is now left for the people of the country to see a way out for themselves. The government has been saying they will take action, they will do this, they will do that. And up to the present, nothing has been done."

    According to Human Rights Watch, Boko Haram has killed more than 1,000 people since its resurgence in 2010.

    The Nigerian government has struggled to put a stop to attacks.  Attempts at indirect peace talks with Boko Haram fell apart in March.

    Boko Haram wants to impose Islamic law in northern Nigeria and is demanding the release of arrested members.  

    Experts say the core Boko Haram cell has fractured into groups of varying extremism, some of which have professed ties to al-Qaida's Africa franchises.

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: Dr.Uche Kalu
    April 09, 2012 12:25 PM
    The Hausa/Fulani muslims of Nigeria have been slaughtering Christians,
    usually Igbos since 1922.Most often it is without provocation except that
    the Igbos stand on the way of their quest to Islamize Nigeria.In the olden
    times they used swords,bows and arrows.Now their brazeness and the
    sophistication of their weaponry bears the hallmarks of Al Qaeda.Apart from Klatchnikof,they use IED and car bombs.Their targets are usually
    Christians at worship and their property.

    by: Dr.Uche Kalu
    April 09, 2012 12:25 PM
    The Hausa/Fulani muslims of Nigeria have been slaughtering Christians,
    usually Igbos since 1922.Most often it is without provocation except that
    the Igbos stand on the way of their quest to Islamize Nigeria.In the olden
    times they used swords,bows and arrows.Now their brazeness and the
    sophistication of their weaponry bears the hallmarks of Al Qaeda.Apart from Klatchnikof,they use IED and car bombs.Their targets are usually
    Christians at worship and their property.

    by: Gab, Muslims against Christians in Nigeria?
    April 09, 2012 7:43 AM
    Muslim Shiites against Sunnis in Pakistan, Muslims against Hindus in India, Muslims against Jews in the Middle East, Muslims against Buddhists in Thailand, Muslims against Copts in Egypt, Muslims against Christians the Philippines, Aceh (Indonesia), Kosovo (Serbia), Muslims against Maronites in Lebanon, Muslims against Hindus in Bangladesh, Muslims against Russian Orthodox, Muslims against Greek Cypriots...... Why?

    by: Steve B
    April 09, 2012 4:25 AM
    It was not "lucky" that this bomb was on a sunday. The intention was to kill Christians while they celebrated together on Easter Sunday. Western media are afraid to tell the truth, that Christians are targetted by extremest Islamists in Nth. Nigeria. It is not "fighting between Christians and Muslims". It is terrorism. Murder. Hatred of the Christian message. It is yet another battle field where Islam is using terror and murder to take nations and turn them into Sharia Islamic strongolds.

    by: Egbe John
    April 09, 2012 4:05 AM
    Nigerian security should do something faster to avoid more re occurrence. remember that people are loosing there luv ones,brothers,sisters etc. they can also choose to react from there deferent locations, and you know what the resultant will be.

    by: zaman
    April 09, 2012 3:25 AM
    People kill and are killed because they cling too tightly to their own beliefs and ideologies. When we believe that ours is the only faith that contains the truth, violence and suffering will surely be the result.

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    'No Means No' Program Targets Sexual Violence in Kenyai
    X
    February 08, 2016 4:30 PM
    The organizers of an initiative to reduce and stop rape in the informal settlements around Kenya's capital say their program is having marked success. Girls are taking self-defense classes while the boys are learning how to protect the girls and respect them. Lenny Ruvaga reports from Nairobi.
    Video

    Video 'No Means No' Program Targets Sexual Violence in Kenya

    The organizers of an initiative to reduce and stop rape in the informal settlements around Kenya's capital say their program is having marked success. Girls are taking self-defense classes while the boys are learning how to protect the girls and respect them. Lenny Ruvaga reports from Nairobi.
    Video

    Video New Hampshire Voters Are Independent, Mindful of History

    Once every four years, the northeastern state of New Hampshire becomes the center of the U.S. political universe with its first-in-the-nation presidential primary. What's unusual about New Hampshire is how seriously the voters take their role and the responsibility of being among the first to weigh in on the candidates.
    Video

    Video Chocolate Lovers Get a Sweet History Lesson

    Observed in many countries around the world, Valentine’s Day is sometimes celebrated with chocolate festivals. But at a festival near Washington, the visitors experience a bit more than a sugar rush. They go on a sweet journey through history. VOA’s June Soh takes us to the festival.
    Video

    Video 'Smart' Bandages Could Heal Wounds More Quickly

    Simple bandages are usually seen as the first line of attack in healing small to moderate wounds and burns. But scientists say new synthetic materials with embedded microsensors could turn bandages into a much more valuable tool for emergency physicians. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Bhutanese Refugees in New Hampshire Closely Watching Primary Election

    They fled their country and lived in refugee camps in neighboring Nepal for decades before being resettled in the northeastern U.S. state of New Hampshire -- now the focus of the U.S. presidential contest. VOA correspondent Aru Pande spoke with members of the Bhutanese community, including new American citizens, about the campaign and the strong anti-immigrant rhetoric of some of the candidates.
    Video

    Video Researchers Use 3-D Printer to Produce Transplantable Body Parts

    Human organ transplants have become fairly common around the world in the past few decades. Researchers at various universities are coordinating their efforts to find solutions -- including teams at the University of Pennsylvania and Rice University in Houston that are experimenting with a 3-D printer -- to make blood vessels and other structures for implant. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, they are also using these artificial body parts to seek ways of defeating cancerous tumors.
    Video

    Video Helping the Blind 'See' Great Art

    There are 285 million blind and visually impaired people in the world who are unable to enjoy visual art at a museum. One New York photographer is trying to fix this situation by making tangible copies of the world’s masterpieces. VOA correspondent Victoria Kupchinetsky was there as visually impaired people got a feel for great art. Joy Wagner narrates her report.
    Video

    Video Sanders, Clinton Battle for Young Democratic Vote

    Despite a narrow loss to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in last week's Iowa Democratic caucuses, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders secured more than 80 percent of the vote among those between the ages of 18 and 29. VOA correspondent Aru Pande talks to Democrats in New Hampshire about who they are leaning towards and why in this week's primary.
    Video

    Video German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibit

    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video E-readers Help Ease Africa's Book Shortage

    Millions of people in Africa can't read, and there's a chronic shortage of books. A non-profit organization called Worldreader is trying to help change all that one e-reader at a time. VOA’s Deborah Block tells us about a girls' school in Nairobi, Kenya where Worldreader is making a difference.
    Video

    Video Genius Lets World Share Its Knowledge

    Inspired by crowdsourcing companies like Wikipedia, Genius allows anyone to edit anything on the web, using its web annotation tool
    Video

    Video In Philippines, Mixed Feelings About Greater US Military Presence

    In the Philippines, some who will be directly affected by a recent Supreme Court decision clearing the way for more United States troop visits are having mixed reactions.  The increased rotations come at a time when the Philippines is trying to build up its military in the face of growing maritime assertiveness from China.  From Bahile, Palawan on the coast of the South China Sea, Simone Orendain has this story.
    Video

    Video Microcephaly's Connection to Zika: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

    The Zika virus rarely causes problems for the people who get it, but it seems to be having a devastating impact on babies whose mothers are infected with Zika. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
    Video

    Video Stunning Artworks Attract Record Crowds, Thanks to Social Media

    A new exhibit at the oldest art museum in America is shattering attendance records. Thousands of visitors are lining up to see nine giant works of art that have gotten a much-deserved shot of viral marketing. The 150-year-old Smithsonian American Art Museum has never had a response quite like this. VOA's Julie Taboh reports.