Church attack in Nigeria leaves 15 dead

2012-06-04 Vatican Radio

A suicide car bomber drove into a church compound in northern Nigeria Sunday and detonated his explosives as worshippers left an early morning service, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens more.

The timed blast targeted the Living Faith church, in a neighbourhood near the airport in Bauchi, the capital of Bauchi state.

Many people were caught up in the attack outside the church causing a number of deaths and casualties.

Speaking to Al Jazeera Adamu Abubaker from The Nigerian Red Cross said more than 30 people suffered injuries and 15 were killed.

Bauchi state police said security personnel stationed near the church compound stopped the car from getting any closer to worshippers than it did.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, though the attack comes as Nigeria faces a growing wave of sectarian violence carried out by a radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram.

The group has been blamed for more than 530 people this year alone. Listen