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Nigeria: police foil suicide bombing attack on Catholic parish

November 18, 2016

Police in Maiduguri, Nigeria, have foiled a suicide bombing attack intended to kill worshippers at a November 18 morning Mass, according to the nation’s leading newspaper.

The northeastern Nigerian city has been the center of activity of the jihadist terrorist organization Boko Haram. The city’s bishop resides near St. Hilary’s Church, the site of the intended attack.

As police apprehended three suicide bombers at a checkpoint, one terrorist detonated her device, killing herself and another terrorist.

“We heard a loud bang which shook our entire building,” said a priest at the parish. “I thought we were under a Boko Haram attack until I later found out it was suicide bombers that exploded at the checkpoint.”


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