Our heart goes out to victims of the bomb blast which occured earlier today at St Finbar Catholic Church, Rayfield, Jos as worshippers were leaving the premises after morning mass.
Vanguard News reports that the current dead toll count has been raised to Ten (10) which include Seven (7) Parishioners and Three (3) others who were shot dead by soldiers.”
The sucide bomber was mutilated beyond recognition. Several others were injured when the suicide bomber crashed his explosives-laden car into the Church gate.
President Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Media issued the following Press statement:
President Jonathan conveys his sincerest and heartfelt commiserations to the families of the victims of the bomb attack earlier today on the St. Finbarr’s Catholic, Jos as well as the entire congregation of the Church and the government and people of Plateau State.
President Jonathan reiterates his Administration’s total condemnation of this and all other terrorist attacks on innocent Nigerians and reassures all Nigerians and friends of the country that the Federal Government is doing everything possible to end the spate of mindless attacks and killings in parts of the country.
The President urges Nigerians not to despair or be discouraged by the persistence of the attacks in spite of government’s efforts to deal decisively with the menace of terrorism within the country’s borders because despite seeming appearances to the contrary, government is indeed winning the war against the terrorists and will continueto progressively destroy their ability to unleash murderous attacks on peaceful, law-abiding Nigerians.
In this regard, it is worthy of note that in recent weeks national security agencies have identified and arrested more of these agents of darkness than at any other time. Their hideouts and modus operandi are also being consistently exposed.
President Jonathan assures all Nigerians that Government will continue to build on these recent successes by our security agencies until terrorism is totally defeated in the country with the support, cooperation and solidarity of all patriotic citizens.