"As Reverend Father Bonni Bazah was about to commence Holy Communion at St. Rita‚Äôs Catholic Church, an SUV plowed through the walls of his church.
‚ÄúI heard a loud bang on the wall. Suddenly, I saw the wall caving in towards us,‚ÄĚ Bazah said inspeaking with reporters from his hospital bed. ‚ÄúThen, I saw an SUV. I was about to shout for everyone to run away when I heard the loudest explosion I have ever heard. Immediately, I saw my body covered with blood and bodies were strewn around. After that I lost consciousness.‚ÄĚ
At 9:00 a.m. on October 28, an SUV loaded with explosives rammed into the side of St. Rita‚Äôs Catholic Church. Once it had forced its way into the church, it detonated, claiming the lives of at least eight people, including the bomber, and injuring over 140 others.
The suicide bomber was reportedly detained at the church compound‚Äôs gate before ramming through the gate and into the side of the church.
‚ÄúAll of the sudden [the SUV] drove [at a] high speed and rammed into the church wall, forcing its way into the church,‚ÄĚwitness Samuel Emmanuel told the press. ‚ÄúInitially, I thought the driver had lost control of the vehicle, [but] suddenly there was a huge explosion as the vehicle reached the church building.‚ÄĚ