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Three dead as suicide car bomber targets church in Nigeria

At least three persons were killed and several others injured when a suspected suicide car bomber targeted a Catholic church in northern Nigeria's restive city of Jos on Sunday, in the latest wave of attacks on churches across the nation since Christmas.

world Updated: Mar 11, 2012 20:49 IST

At least three persons were killed and several others injured when a suspected suicide car bomber targeted a Catholic church in northern Nigeria's restive city of Jos on Sunday, in the latest wave of attacks on churches across the nation since Christmas.

The incident took place during a church service at the highly attended St Finbar's Catholic Church located at Rayfield at the centre of the city.

"We may have higher number of casualty but for now we are concerned with taking the victims to the hospital for treatment," National Emergency Management Agency spokesman Yushau Shuaib said.

Spokesman for Plateau state, Pam Ayuba confirmed that the bombing and promised that the government would investigate the incident.

A terror group, Boko Haram, has been attacking churches and mosques in northern Nigeria and has killed several people in such attacks. The Islamic group claims to be waging war to install an Islamic government and Sharia rule in the Africa's largest oil producer.

A suicide bomb attack by the group at the United Nations headquarters in Abuja in July killed 26 persons. The group has also bombed churches and attacked mosques making its motive somehow hazy.

A January 20 multiple bomb and gun attacks by the group led to the death of 185 people in Kano city.