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- Published on Sunday, 23 September 2012 13:01
- Written by Elombah.com
A suicide bomber who tried to ram an explosives-packed car into a church in Nigeria on Sunday killed a woman and a child while badly wounding 45 more, the Red Cross said. The attacker targetted the St. John's Catholic Church in the northern city of Bauchi, 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.
Suicide blasts targetting Christian Sunday services were a near weekly occurrence in Nigeria earlier this year, but the violence had ebbed recently.
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.
Boko Haram claimed responsiblity for a similar attack on June 3 in Bauchi city in which a suicide bomber tried to drive a vehicle packed with explosives into a church, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens more.
The explosion was heard after 9 a.m. Sunday in the city of Bauchi, which has seen a number of bombings and shootings blamed on the sect known as Boko Haram.
Police and military surrounded the church and did not allow journalists inside the cordon. Later at a nearby hospital, Bauchi deputy police commissioner T. Stevens told journalists told that the bomber had been stopped at the church’s gate, where he detonated the explosives packed inside his car.
Doctors cautioned more could die from their injuries.
“The situation has been brought under control,” Stevens said. “We have our men minding all areas.”