Suicide bomb kills 2 at Nigerian church

Story highlights

  • In addition to the suicide bomber, a woman and child are among the dead
  • 22 people are injured in the blast
  • A militant Islamist group has attacked other churches in the area

At least two people were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a church in northern Nigeria Sunday, officials said.

In addition to the bomber, a woman and child were among the dead, the National Emergency Management Agency said. At least 22 people were injured in the blast, which occurred in the town of Bauchi.

A witness said the car detonated near a gate at St. John's Catholic Church as congregants were leaving a Sunday service.

Authorities did not immediately say who was responsible for the attack.

In June, the Boko Haram militant Islamist group claimed responsibility for a series of church bombings that killed dozens.

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The group, whose name means "Western education is forbidden," has referred to itself as the "Nigerian Taliban." It seeks to overthrow the government and replace it with a regime based on Islamic law.