People gather around a car used by a suicide bomber following an explosion in church compound in Bauchi, Nigeria, June 3, 2012. (VOA)
Another suicide bomber blew up a church today in Bauchi State in Nigeria.
Nigerian officials say the bombing of a church in Bauchi State has killed 15 people and wounded 42.
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The chairman of the state emergency operations team, Muhammad Inuwa Bello, says a suicide bomber attacked the Living Faith Church outside the state capital Sunday morning, but the agency cannot yet comment on who it thinks was responsible.
Witnesses say the church collapsed after the blast, trapping worshipers, killing civilians and security personnel, and leaving others with gruesome injuries.
Angry local residents say the government is failing to protect the people from attacks and sectarian violence that have ripped through northern Nigeria in the past three years.
In some towns in northern Nigeria, local demographics now resemble the national population, with mostly Muslims in the north and predominately Christians in the south. After Sunday’s bombing, some infuriated residents illustrated increasing sectarian tensions by saying that if the killings do not stop, Christians and Muslims should no longer live together.