The Commandant, Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Kaduna State, Air Vice Marshal Effiong Osim has told members of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution on Security Challenges in the North that the bomb that killed worshippers in a church inside the Cantonment last November, was blended with deadly chemicals and shrapnel.
Osim spoke while conducting members of the committee led by their Chairman; Alhaji Tanimu Turaki round the blast site at St. Andrews Military Protestant Catholic Church in the barracks, adding that an officer who was some metres away from the church died as he was hit by the shrapnel.
He said they had started rebuilding the church which was badly damaged just as the Ministry of Defence promised financial assistance to them towards completion of the project.
Turaki asked the commandant to forward the monetary value of the damaged structure and other equipments that were destroyed in the church during the attack to the committee.
The commandant said the bomb used for the attack was not designed to pull down the church structure but, contained shrapnel blended with chemical.
According to him, “once the pellet come in contact with a person; it would just peel the skin of the victim to a high degree of burns, it was such contact that killed one of the officers in the cantonment.”
“The bomb that hit this church was a special bomb, it was not designed to pull down the structure of the church, it is a kind of bomb that contained dangerous chemical and pellet that could fly long distance once it is detonated.”
“And once the pellet touches the victim, it is instant death or the skin would begin to peel to a high level degree of injuries.”