A suicide bomber has attacked a church in the restive northeastern Nigerian city of Potiskum, in Yobe state, killing at least five worshippers, a police officer and witness have said.
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The bomber entered the uncompleted Redeemed Christian Church of God on Sunday, in the Jigawa area on the outskirts of the city, and detonated his explosives, killing the worshippers, including a woman and her two children as well as the pastor.
"Four worshippers died instantly while the fifth victim gave up shortly after she was taken to hospital," a police officer involved in the evacuation told the AFP news agency.
"The victims included a woman and her two children, the pastor and another worshipper," added the officer who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Garba Manu told AFP the bomber arrived at the church on a motorised rickshaw disguised as a worshipper and detonated his explosives as soon as he entered the church.
"I saw when the bomber alighting from a motorised rickshaw and entering the church and as soon as he entered a loud explosion ripped through the church which is under construction," he said.
"I saw him walked into the church and he didn't raise any suspicion.
"Five worshippers, including three females and two males were in the church when the bomber entered and they were all killed.
"The dismembered body of the bomber was also recovered," said Manu, who lives in the area.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Potiskum, the commercial capital of Yobe state, has been hit repeatedly by Boko Haram in their six-year insurgency, including by suicide bombers.
Meanwhile, the Police in Yobe on Sunday confirmed the killing of six persons in a suicide bomb attack on a Redeemed Church of Christ in Potiskum, Yobe state.
Mr Toyin Gbadegesin, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state command, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu that the death included the suicide bomber.
The spokesman said: “A male suicide bomber detonated a bomb at Redeemed Church at Jigawa area of Potiskum, killing five on the spot.
“A female member of the church who sustained injuries also died while receiving treatment in the hospital.’’
He said the injured are receiving treatment at various health facilities in the area. Potiskum last suffered a twin suicide attack on June 15, in which 10 people were killed and several others injured.