A bomb has ripped through St Agnes church on Rukuba road in Jos city, the capital of Plateau state.
According to witnesses, a suicide bomber drove straight to the altar of the church before exploding its bomb rigged car killing at least 4 people and injuring 42.
About the same time, five gunmen opened fire on a church in Biu in Borno state, on Sunday morning, spraying the congregation with bullets and wounding many of them.
“Three gunmen came to the premises of the church and started firing at people outside the church before going into the main building to carry on their killings … Many people have been killed and wounded,” said witness Hamidu Wakawa, who was at the church in Biu Town, Borno state.
The Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Ayeni, has confirmed the explosion in Jos. Also youths in Rukuba, Jos, have blocked routes leading to the church, thus preventing journalists from covering the incident.
No-one has admitted the latest attacks, but radical Islamic sect Boko Haram has targeted churches before.
One witness at the church in Biu said that “gunmen came to the premises of the church and started firing at people outside the church before going into the main building to carry on their killings”, Reuters news agency reported.
“Many people have been killed and wounded,” witness Hamidu Wakawa was quoted as saying.
Moments after the suicide bombing in Jos, Christian youths set up roadblocks and had to be dispersed by police, according to one witness.
“Angry youths have gone wild, even attempting to prevent the security personnel from getting to the scene of the incident. They had to force their way out by shooting in the air to disperse them,” Emmanuel Davou was quoted by Reuters as saying.
But government sources feared “scores” may have died, according to news agency AFP.