Car bombers blocked by police from approaching a church instead detonated their explosives in a busy street in Nigeria on Sunday, killing 38 people in an apparent repeat of Islamists' attacks on Christians on Christmas Day. Hundreds of worshippers celebrating Easter escaped with only minor injuries as the bombers blew their car up minutes after being turned away from the road to the All Nations Christian Assembly Church in Kaduna.
But state officials said last night up to 38 people died, many of them roadside hawkers and motorcycle taxi drivers. More may succumb to their injuries overnight, hospital staff said.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
But Boko Haram, northern Nigeria's Islamist insurgents, had threatened Easter bombings. The group was behind a Christmas Day explosion at a church near Abuja, the Nigerian capital.
Debris was thrown up to 100ft after Sunday's explosions, and worshippers in the nearby church said windows and doors were blown out by the force of the blast.
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