BLAST HITS NIGERIA CHURCH DURING CHRISTMAS SERVICE
- At least 10 people have been killed and many more injured in a bomb blast at a Catholic church near the Nigerian capital Abuja, BBC News reported. The blast tore through St Theresa's Church in Madalla as worshippers gathered for Christmas services. An emergency official told reporters that the authorities were struggling to cope with the casualties. Security has been high after violence between Islamist gunmen and soldiers in northern Nigeria. But the BBC's Fidelis Mbah in Lagos says no trouble had been expected in the capital. National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) spokesman Yushau Shuaibu told the BBC that the explosion had happened in the street outside the church. But he said the church had been badly affected by the blast, and the number of dead was likely to rise. Earlier he told Reuters news agency: "We are presently evacuating the dead and the injured, but unfortunately we don't have enough ambulances. "Most of our ambulances have gone to operate on the major highways of the country." Witnesses said windows of nearby houses had been shattered by the explosion. Officials at the local hospital said the condition of many of the injured was serious, and they were seeking help from bigger medical facilities. No group has said it carried out the attack.
© AUAToday in Armenian history
- 1805 The Khanate of Shirvan (Shamakhoo) is included in the Russian Empire.
- 1864 Birth of Nicoghayos Marr (orientalist, linguist, and archeologist). He died in 1934.
- 1920 The Dashnaks organize the "self-government of Siunik". In 1921 it is reorganized and renamed the "Government of Mountainous Armenia".
- 1920 The first Work-Saturday (subbotnik) is organized in the Armenian SSR.
- 1991 The Soviet Union is dissolved. Mikhail Gorbachev resigns.