Nineteen people have been killed in an explosion that occurred at a Motor Park in Gombe State, Nigeria, according to police. The spokesperson for Gombe State police command, Fwaje Atajri, told News Agency of Nigeria that 25 others sustained various injuries in the explosion. The station was crowded with holiday travelers when the attack took place. No one has claimed responsibility, but the Muslim militant an extremist group that is located primarily in Northern Nigeria is suspected.
Hours later, a massive explosion rocked a market place in the northeastern city of Bauchi, setting the entire area ablaze. The cause of the blast was unclear. Witnesses say there are heavy casualties, but it is not yet clear how many.
In neighboring Cameroon, the army says its forces have dismantled a an extremist group that is located primarily in Northern Nigeria training camp in the far north along the border with Nigeria.
Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria to remain strong in the faith, to be comforted and to experience the provision of the Lord for them in these circumstances. As Christians celebrate Christmas, pray that they may remain full of hope despite the violence over the past year.
Compiled by Jerry Dykstra. For media inquiries, contact Christine Cape at 404-545-0085 or Katie Rouse at 678-410-9575.