A suicide bomber who tried to ram an explosives-packed car into a church Sunday killed a woman and a child while badly wounding
dozens more, the Red Cross said.
The woman and baby victim, on Sunday
The attacker targeted the St. John’s Catholic Church in the northern city of Bauchi, Nigeria where tight security was imposed after a wave church bombings claimed by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram.
Worshippers were being screened outside the building when the bomber approached, ramming his car into the line of people waiting to enter Sunday services, the head of the Red Cross in Bauchi state, Adamu Abubakar said.
“We have three dead in all, including the bomber, a woman and a child. Forty-eight others were seriously injured in the explosion,” he told AFP. He said the church building was not damaged in the blast.
Officials said the attack occurred in the Wunti area of Bauchi city, capital of Bauchi state.
While there was no immediate claim of responsibility, the attack resembled those previously claimed by Boko Haram, blamed for killing more than 1,400 people in northern and central Nigeria since 2010.
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