LAGOS, Nigeria — A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives Sunday morning on a busy road after apparently turning away from attacking Nigerian churches holding Easter services, killing at least 38 people.
The explosion in Kaduna, the capital of Kaduna state, damaged the nearby All Nations Christian Assembly Church and the ECWA Good News Church as churchgoers worshiped at an Easter service, the possible target of the bomber.
Witnesses said it appeared the car attempted to go into the compound of the churches before it detonated, but was blocked by barriers in the street and was turned away by a security guard as police approached.
While no one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, suspicion immediately fell on a radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram, blamed for hundreds of killings in the oil-rich nation this year alone.
At least 38 people were killed in the blast, said Abubakar Zakari Adamu, a spokesman for the Kaduna state Emergency Management Agency. Others suffered serious injuries and were taken to hospitals, Adamu said.