“Helicopter Bomb Assemblies Of God Church In Kaduna As Residents Flee” – Nkiruka Nistoran
One of the Branches of Assembly of God Church at Kabrasha village in Chikun local government area in Kaduna state was destroyed in a helicopter bomb attack on Thursday.
Some residents that luckily fled to friendly communities, said that a helicopter dropped the bomb at Kabrasha.
President of the Gbagyi Development Association (GDA), Mr Peter Aboki, told newsmen on Friday that before the bomb blast, the people of the same community had complained about a helicopter moving around the community, dropping some things.
He also explained that some hours after the bomb explosion, some armed men were seen in the community.
Mr Aboki said residents, including the head of the community fled.
He said “The helicopter used to hover around the area, dropping some things. We don’t know what they have been dropping but yesterday (Thursday) in the afternoon, the helicopter came and dropped a bomb and a church, Assembly of God church was destroyed including a nearby building,”
“Many of the villagers were in the farms when the incident happened. There was no casualty. Hours after the incident, a group of people numbering about 100 pass through the village carrying guns. Some were trekking while others rode on motorcycles.”
“One of them was carrying a flag which is not a Nigerian flag, one other person was making some incantations in Arabic. We suspect that this flag could be an insurgents flag. For somebody to be carrying a flag other than the Nigeria flag means something.
“People have fled the village. including the village head who told me that he is taking refuge in Gwagwada village. The question is who was in the helicopter dropping bomb? Was it a mistake by security agencies that are after terrorists or what?
“We are very concerned, if it was the security agencies pursuing criminals that mistakenly dropped the bomb on the community. If it was a mistake by security agencies, they should come out and explain so as to allay the fears of the community.”
According to Nkiruka Nistoron, Mohammed Jalige, spokesman of the Kaduna state police command, did not respond to telephone calls and a text message.