Sporadic Shooting as gunmen attack Church with explosives


A part of Catholic Chapel of St. John’s College, Mutum-Biyu, headquarters of Gassol Local Government in Taraba has been destroyed by explosives suspected to have been planted by terrorist.

Report says after the attack in the church, the terrorists also went inside the town shooting sporadically.

A resident identified as Mallam Dalhatu Sule told Newsmen that the shooting started during the time of Magrib prayers making Muslims faithful to shorten thier prayers as they scamper for safety.

He said: “The terrorists attempted to abduct a businessman named Alhaji Babale but luckily for him, he escaped through the back door of a mosque inside his filling station, where he was praying,” Sule said.

The incident has been confirmed by the Principal of the College, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel. Ikyaan.

According to him, the device went off around 7:20 pm on Sunday bringing down a part of the Catholic Chapel but no life was lost.

“The youths and some students were holding a programme in the Chapel which double as the school hall and left the premises shortly before the explosion,” He said

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

“What happened was that some kidnappers attempted to seize the owner of one filling station in the town; fortunately the owner of the filing station escaped unhurt.

“The attackers threw an explosive into the church to scare people and enable them escape from the town,” he stated.

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