25 Dec '11, 11pm
Some victims caught in the Nigeria church bombing ran towards a priest as they were dying, pleading for blessings
Onlookers gather around a destroyed car at the site of a bomb blast at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, Nigeria, Sunday, Dec 25, 2011. -- PHOTO: REUTERS MADALLA, Nigeria (AFP) - The Christmas morning bomb shook the Nigerian church as worshippers were filing out after mass. Some of those caught in the blast ran towards a priest with dying pleas for blessings. One man who sought him out had suffered mortal wounds to the stomach. 'It was really terrible,' Father Christopher Barde said. 'People ran towards me, (saying) 'Father anoint me'.' Nigeria was hit by five bomb attacks on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with three churches among the targets, leaving at least 40 people dead nationwide.