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Several dead in suicide attack near church in north Nigeria

Published on Sep 23, 2012 6:51 PM

KANO, Nigeria (AFP) - A suicide bomber struck near a church in the northern Nigerian city of Bauchi on Sunday, killing and wounding several people, said police and the National Emergency Management Agency.

The agency said "a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device close to a worship centre in Wunti Area of Bauchi State. Rescuers have evacuated the dead and injured... Casualty figure cannot be determined now." A Red Cross official said the target was St. John's Catholic Church.

Bauchi state police spokesman Mohammed Hassan told AFP that several people had "lost their lives". He declined to give a figure but said that he and other officers were at a Bauchi hospital assessing the casualties.

Bauchi has previously been targetted by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram, blamed for more than 1,400 deaths in Nigeria since 2010.

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