BAUCHI, Nigeria, June 3 (Compass Direct News) – A suicide bomber crashed the gate of a church compound in this northern Nigerian city this morning, killing himself and at least 10 others and leaving more than 30 injured, according to eyewitnesses and officials.
The Islamic extremist Boko Haram group was suspected of detonating the bomb at the gate of Living Faith church as members were leaving an early morning worship service; the explosion also brought down a wall of the adjacent Harvest Field church, an eyewitness told Compass.
Kyemme Nzarmo, a student at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Bauchi, told Compass he saw 12 corpses, other eyewitnesses reported 10 deaths, and at press time Baucha State Police Commissioner Mohammed Ladan said eight church members and the bomber were dead.
A Nigerian Red Cross official told Compass it had brought at least 30 people to the Teaching Hospital of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University for treatment of wounds and burns. Ladan said the bomber rammed through a checkpoint.
“We had mounted a road-block manned by our men, and they tried to prevent the bomber, but he refused to stop at the checking point and instead hit the security gate,” Ladan said. “The bomb exploded and killed the people there.”