A suicide bomber drove a car full of explosives into Living Faith Church around Yelwa area , Bauchi state, on Sunday, killing 12 people and injuring 35 others.

Security forces at a road block nearby said the bomber forced his car through the checkpoint and drove into the church in Yelwa, on the outskirts of the city of Bauchi.

Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ladan, who confirmed the incident said “We have a checkpoint not far from the church which prevented the bomber from gaining access to his target…So he rammed the car into a security gate and the car exploded, killing him and eight other people. … Many people were injured but I can’t give you any precise number because the hospital is still trying to take a toll” he added.

According to a mechanic, Aliku Jon who witnessed the incident, “I had just left after the morning service and was out of the church when I heard a loud explosion. I rushed back and there were dozens of people lying in pools of blood…many were injured including two police officers.”

Reports say a suicide bomber drove into the church compound at around 10am and detonated his explosives as worshippers left the arly morning service.

Presently, the area has been cordoned off by the security agents who have blocked even the emergency workers from going into the church.

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At least 12 people were killed when a bomb exploded at the Living Faith Church around Yelwa area , Bauchi state, this morning

Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ladan, who confirmed the incident, describes the blast as a suicide attack

“We have a checkpoint not far from the church which prevented the bomber from gaining access to his target,” said Mohammed Ladan.

“So he rammed the car into a security gate and the car exploded, killing him and eight other people. … Many people were injured but I can’t give you any precise number because the hospital is still trying to take a toll” he added.

Reports say a suicide bomber drove into the church compound at around 10am and detonated his explosives as worshippers left the arly morning service.  According to a local newspaper, the bomber killed at least nine people, including himself, and injured 35.

Residents say  the explosion caused the church building to collapse, prompting dozens of people to flee seeking refuge, but some ran straight into a fire raging outside.

“There was confusion as residents and churchgoers tried to flee. Some of them out of fright fell into the fire caused by the explosion,” said resident Timothy Joshua.

Presently, the area has been cordoned off by the security agents who have blocked even the emergency workers from going into the church.