The bombing killed a pastor and four other worshipers, including a mother and her two children. While a police official told the media it was a male bomber, a witness at the church told the Associated Press (AP) it was a female bomber.
“Police rushed to the church on Sunday. Wailing women and stunned men wandered around the wreckage of smashed bricks and twisted zinc sheets blown off the church roof.
One congregant said the blast came from a woman in the congregation. She was too scared to give her name,” reported the AP.”The alarming trend of violence against Christians in Nigeria over the past months highlights the lack of religious freedom they have and daily dangers they face from the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram and other violent organizations,” Open Doors President and CEO David Curry told the Christian Post.
“Going to school, attending church or identifying yourself as a Christian is a very brave decision in Nigeria. It is turning into a bloodbath. Christians in the West must stand in the gap with our prayers and support.”
Boko Haram’s attacks in Nigeria have left more than 2,000 people dead this year alone, according to one report.