Six persons lost their lives in a suicide bomb attack on Sunday at a Redeemed Christian Church of God in Potiskum, Yobe State, police has confirmed.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state command, Mr. Toyin Gbadegesin told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu that the suicide bomber also died in the attack.
“A male suicide bomber detonated a bomb at Redeem 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.
According to AFP the bomber entered the uncompleted Redeemed Christian Church of God at 9:55 am in the Jigawa area on the outskirts of the city in Yobe State and detonated his explosives, killing the worshippers, including a woman and her two children as well as the pastor, they said.
“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 AFP.
“The victims included a woman and her two children, the pastor and another worshipper,” added the officer who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Witness 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 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,” he added.
“The dismembered body of the bomber was also recovered,” Manu said.
Potiskum, the commercial capital of Yobe State, has been hit repeatedly by Boko Haram Islamists.
The insurgents have also launched a series of attacks on mosques, villages and markets in neighbouring Borno State in the past few days, claiming more than 200 lives.