Suicide bomber rams car into Nigerian church, 3 killed

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, but Boko Haram has targeted churches in the past.

Abuja: A suicide bomber rammed his
explosives-laden car into a packed church during Sunday
service, killing three people and injuring dozens in central
Nigeria`s Jos city that has been the centre of a sectarian and
ethnic violence.

Eyewitnesses said the bomber who drove into the building
of Church of Christ during an early morning service killed a
man and his child and another woman going to the church.

Some witnesses claimed the bomber was dressed in an army

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) spokesman
said more than 38 others were wounded in the attack. He
said the woman killed must have been run over by the speeding
suicide bomber.

"We have taken all the wounded persons to the hospital
for treatment," the spokesman man.

No group has claimed responsibility but the action bears
the signature of the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram which
has been carrying out such suicide attacks in the oil rich
African country since 2006.

The group`s aims to overthrow the democratic government
of the country and install an Islamic state and the rule of

Meanwhile, agitated youths went on a rampage and smashed
windscreens of cars.

Jos is the capital of Plateau state which has witnessed
series of ethnic and sectarian fighting between Hausa-Fulani
and Berom in recent times. The former are regarded as settlers
by the later and this has been a reason for constant dispute.

The dreaded Boko Haram has carried out a wave of bomb
and gun attacks across the the country, including the January
20 multiple terror bomings in Kano that killed 185 people,
including an Indian from Gujarat.

Nigeria, with a population of 150-million, has large
number of Muslim and Christian population. Muslims predominant
in the north of the country while Christians mostly live in
the South.


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