At least three people were killed and 22 others sustained serious injuries in an explosion which rocked a St. John's parish of the Catholic Church located in Wunti area of northern Nigeria's Bauchi State on Sunday, during a morning mass, rescue officials have said.
Spokesperson of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Yushau
Shuaib confirmed the incident to Xinhua, but was unable to give the exact
casualty figures. However, rescue officials on ground at the scene of the
incident confirmed that three corpses including the suicide bomber, a female
adult and a child had been evacuated from the Catholic Church cathedral near
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ABTU), Bauchi State.
"The dead and injured persons have been taken to the Abubakar Tafawa
Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ABTUTH) and rescue officials are on top of
the situation with the military officers that were quickly deployed to
cordon-off the area," said a top rescue official who pleaded for
The rescue official added that due to the various degrees of injury
sustained by some of the casualties, the death toll might increase if proper
medical attention was not given to the victims.
In a text message sent to Xinhua, NEMA's spokesperson had explained the
suicide bomber detonated his explosives very close to the Catholic cathedral.
According to the text message, rescue officials were still combing the area in
search of more casualties of the Sunday blast.
No group has claimed responsibility for now.
On June 3, at least 12 people were killed and several others were injured
when a suicide bomber from the Boko Haram group attacked a church in the
northern city of Bauchi, in which mostly children and women were the