Car bomb kills 10 near Catholic church

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JOS | A sui­cide car bomber at­tacked a Catholic church Sun­day in the mid­dle of Mass, killing at least 10 peo­ple in the lat­est vi­o­lence tar­get­ing a church in a cen­tral Nige­rian city plagued by un­rest, a state of­fi­cial said.

The bomb det­o­nated as wor­ship­pers at­tended the final Mass of the day at St. Fin­bar’s Catholic Church in Jos, a city where thou­sands have died in the last decade in re­li­gious and eth­nic vi­o­lence.

Se­cu­rity at the gate of the church’s com­pound stopped the sus­pi­cious car and the bomber det­o­nated his ex­plo­sives dur­ing an al­ter­ca­tion that fol­lowed, Plateau state spokesman Pam Ayuba said.

No group im­me­di­ately claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity, though the city has been tar­geted in the past by a rad­i­cal Is­lamist sect known as Boko Haram.

The sect claimed a se­ries of bomb­ings in Jos on Christ­mas Eve in 2010 that killed as many as 80 peo­ple. The sect also claimed a sim­i­lar church bomb­ing on Feb. 26 on the main head­quar­ters of the Church of Christ that killed three peo­ple and wounded 38 oth­ers.

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