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Another Bloody Day: Six Confirmed Dead in Coordinated Bomb Attacks on ThisDay Newspaper Offices in Kaduna & Abuja

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It is indeed another sad day in Nigeria as two coordinated bomb attacks at ThisDay Newspaper offices in Kaduna and Abuja has left six people dead and several others injured. The first attack was at the Newspaper’s office in Abuja while the second occurred at a complex that houses a ThisDay Newspaper office along Kontagora road by Ahmadu Bello way in Kaduna.

ThisDay’s editorial board chairman Olusegun Adeniyi confirmed the attack. “The suicide bomber came in a jeep and security guards opened the gate for him. The guy drove in through the gate and rammed into the building and exploded. Two of our security men died, and obviously suicide bomber died too.”

Mr. Adeniyi also confirmed that five support staff were wounded. “Fortunately the newsroom is a bit far from the back of the building,” said Adeniyi. “So all the people in the newsroom … are all safe.”

At the scene of the Abuja blast, a Nigerian Red Cross spokesman Nwakpa Nwakpa said “We have collected three bodies but before we got here people had already been moved.” The blast killed at least three people and wounded others, Nwakpa said.

A Reuters witness saw the attack in Kaduna, when a suicide car bomber drove into the This Day office compound and tried to detonate his explosives but was stopped by bystanders, who dragged him out of the vehicle. People at the Newspaper office quickly surrounded the car. The driver then began shouting that there was a bomb inside the car.

Those there allowed the man to open the trunk of the car and he pulled out an object and threw it at the crowd, which exploded. At least three people died in that blast.

ThisDay is based in southern Nigeria and is broadly supportive of President Goodluck Jonathan’s government, the main target for Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombings.
It is unclear why bombers targeted ThisDay, a newspaper owned by the politically connected media mogul Nduka Obaigbena. The Islamic sect, Boko Haram has in the past not made any deliberate attacks on media houses.

This new turn of events comes as a shock to all.

May the souls of those who died in the attacks Rest In Peace.


News Source: AP | Reuters | Vanguard News
Photo Credit: Sahara Reporters

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

25 Comments

  1. LYNN

    April 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    EH what is going on in Nigeria..this is UNACCEPTABLE…we are Africans and we certainly do not believe in suicide bombing…….GHANA is behind u in prayers…GOD protect Nigeria NOW..AMEN

    • MizzCJ

      April 27, 2012 at 9:35 am

      Amen!

    • diamond

      April 27, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Amen! God bless Lynn

  2. Michael Hosle

    April 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    this is jst act of weekedness, & i know 4 show God will vindicate. they will surely die 1 day & apear b4 de judgement throne there they will tell God y they r killing..

  3. FORGET ABOUT NINE THINGS...ITS MORE LIKE TWO

    April 26, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    its POLITICIANS(s) that are SPONSORING them. its has always been known

    RIP

  4. BOKO HARAM = POLITICIANS

    April 26, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    its POLITICIANS(s) that are SPONSORING them. its has always been known

    RIP

  5. feran

    April 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    THIS IS SOOOOO SAD AND SCARY!!! IT CLD SPIRAL OUT OF CONTROL IF THE GOVT DOES NOT ACT FAST!

    • Paul

      April 27, 2012 at 8:34 am

      It is out of control already

  6. Austine Da Whizchap

    April 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Dis is not cool! Pure wickedness!! God Will Punish and Reward Them All!!!

  7. folake

    April 26, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    LORD PLS HAV MERCY………..mak dem no kill all of us finish oh

  8. Audrey

    April 26, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    We are with you in prayers Nigeria.I can’t begin to imagine how it will feel like to wake up everyday and not know when or where a bomb might explode. I hope we wake up to the end of this soon

  9. Iye

    April 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Lynn,

    Thanks for your support, may God bless Ghana.
    You are right, we africans don’t believe in suicide bombing.
    I hope all this comes to an end and that peace and prosperity come to Nigeria and our African brothers too.

  10. christy

    April 26, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    We will bring the pepetrator to book! Boko Haram will became a thing of the past! We are bent in ensuring the life and property of foriegners and Nigerian’s!

    • Anonymous

      April 27, 2012 at 8:37 am

      lol

  11. miss kay

    April 26, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    seriouslyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! why can’t this be stopped once n for all!!!!!!!!!!!!! its getting really annoying!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. peter

    April 26, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Oh my God help Nigerians

  13. nich

    April 26, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    i told my friends few years ago that believe in nigeria to be careful……………..the past six months have proved my arguments……………

    some people here are calling for governments help…….who told you that u have a government?….

  14. peggy

    April 26, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    this is totally out of order. its such a big shame. can nigeria not afford the us army to help in dealing with these inhuman beings. this is so unfair. we nigerians are now deprived of freedom and peace. even staying locked up at home is unsafe. we cant just leave the country, not everyone can afford it. BOKO HARAM needs to be dealt with. what decision is the govt making. since 25th of dec 2011 and nothing has been done to stop their evil ways. God please take absolute control.

    • Anonymous

      April 27, 2012 at 8:36 am

      Its actually since oct 1,2011

  15. dee

    April 26, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    This thing is obviously political…. As for GEJ and all those useless men and women in public offices, it is God that will judge them. They WILL pay for all this innocent blood that is being shed!! They will not find peace until there is peace in our country…. This is just SAD!

    But wait oh! what happened to the foolish one they caught in Kaduna? I’m guessing after letting him open the trunk and he threw the bomb, the crowd scattered (obviously fearing for their lives and trying to run to safety) and the idiot was free… He probably is not even amongst the three that died.

    May God have mercy on us and may the souls of the departed, Rest in Peace…

  16. ao

    April 26, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    It seems to me that Boko Haram and their sponsors/supporters are targeting places in the northern part of Nigeria that are frequented by Nigerians that hail from the South/East or establishments that are owned by these same people.

    I am proudly Igbo and very effing tired of having my people targeted by Northerners. I am also tired of do-nothing President Johnathan. Seriously, what is it going to take for this man to gather his balls and protect civilians from further destruction?

  17. Anonymous

    April 27, 2012 at 8:35 am

    It is out of control already

  18. NNENNE

    April 28, 2012 at 12:36 am

    My sincere sympathy goes to those who lost their lives in this attack.Boko Haram and those crazy northern politicians should get it into their head that the Igbos are unstoppable.
    The pogrom of 1966 did not stop us, the Nigerian civil war did not stop us,Hausa/ Fulani oligarchy did not stop us,quota system have not stopped us.It has even made us stronger.Go to any part of the world today, you will see Igbos,living their dream.
    Whenever, you marginalize a group, you bring out the best in them.Necessity is the mother of invention. The Jews are typical examples.
    God bless Nigeria and may peace be unto those who practice it!

  19. Lubielu

    April 28, 2012 at 9:38 am

    To boko haram when you start bombing news paper who will broadcast your infidelity? Think think and think again!!!

  20. nkelly

    May 2, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Which way Nigeria, must we loose every1 before Our pressido looks for a way forward, how may more people have to go??? Enough is enough

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