At least 8 dead in church blast

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A suicide bomber drove a jeep packed with explosives into a Catholic church in northern Nigeria on Sunday (October 28), killing at least eight people, injuring more than 100 and triggering reprisal attacks that killed at least two more, officials said.

The bomber drove into the packed St Rita's church in the Malali area of Kaduna, a volatile ethnically and religiously mixed city, during morning mass, witnesses said.

A wall of the church was blasted open and scorched black, with debris lying around.

A spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said eight people had been confirmed dead and more than 100 injured.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but Islamist sect Boko Haram has claimed similar attacks in the past.

Shortly after the blast, angry Christian youths took to the streets armed with sticks and knives. A Reuters reporter saw two bodies at the roadside lying in pools of blood.

Police set up roadblocks and patrols across the town in an effort to prevent the violence from spreading.

Church attacks often target Nigeria's Christian south and mostly Muslim north meet and where sectarian tensions run high. Kaduna's mixed population lies along that faultline.

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