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Nigeria Church Bombing Kills Over Dozen People

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nigeriaBAUCHI, NIGERIA (Worthy News)-- Up to 15 people were killed and scores injured when a suicide bomber drove a car packed with explosives into an evangelical church in northern Nigeria Sunday, June 3, an evangelist and reporter told Worthy News.

"There were at least 10 people killed and 35 injured at the 'Living Faith Church [on the outskirts of] Bauchi city in Nigeria this morning," said evangelist Paul Jongas, who is also a Worthy News stringer.

Officials later revised the death toll to at least 15 and said 42 people were injured in the area, which occurred when worshipers left an early morning service.

Witnesses said the powerful blast caused the church to collapse, trapping worshipers, killing civilians and security personnel, and leaving others with gruesome injuries.

POLICE CHECKPOINT

State police commissioner Mohammed Ladan said in published remarks that a police checkpoint prevented the bomber from gaining access to his target. "So he rammed the car into a security gate and the car exploded."

No group has taken responsibility for the attack, but the militant Islamist group Boko Haram has targeted Nigerian churches in the past.

The group, whose name means "Western education is a sin" in the Hausa language of Nigeria's Muslim north, aims to establish a state based on Sharia, or Islamic law, also demanded that Christians leave the northern region.

It has been blamed for over 500 people this year alone, including the Christmas Day bombings of Nigerian churches that killed more than 30 people.

NO RECOGNITION

Boko Haram does not recognize the government or the country's constitution.

The country of roughly 160 million is about evenly divided between Muslims, who mostly live in the north, and Christians who dominate in the south.

Boko Haram, which speaks to journalists through telephone conference calls at times of its choosing, could not be immediately reached for comment Sunday, The Associated Press news agency reported.

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  1. Heavenly Father, you know that, normally, I am more prone to be sympathetic towards the ones attacked than the ones doing the attacking.  While I am still just as sympathetic and compassionate towards the ones hurt and killed in this suicidal car bombing, I find myself for the first time in a while feeling a deep hurt for the ones who carried out the act, as well, and the ones who are seriously deceived by the lies of the enemy through these false doctines and false gods.  Normally I am so quit to get so angry with them , to the point of it almost going beyond righteous anger...however, I am once again reminded that, these Islamics who carry out these senseless acts, while they would deserve justice, nonetheless they are, too, in fact, victims as well, in a sense, anyway...these criminals are hard to love, but today I feel a deep sorrow in my heart for even them, for these terrorists have fallen victim to Satan's lies.  The suicide bomber carrying out the act, may have thought he was doing it for the right cause, but he was being played right into death's trap.  My heart breaks tremendously for the victims and their families, yes; they, of course, did not deserve this; however, today my heart is also breaking for the deceived terrorists, as well, for, unless they repent, and start serving the one and only true living God, they will die in their sins.

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