A suicide bomber has claimed the lives of six people in the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Potiskum, Yobe state, northeast of Nigeria on Sunday, according to witnesses and police officers.
The attacker entered the church, which was currently undergoing construction, and detonated his explosives killing himself and worshippers, including two children along with their mother and the pastor.
A police officer who arrived at the scene explained that “four worshippers died instantly while the fifth victim gave up shortly after she was taken to hospital.”
A witness said the bomber came to the church on a motorised rickshaw disguised as a Christian worshiper. The church was ripped through as he detonated the bombs that were strapped to him, upon entering the building.
The bomber had not raised any suspicion as he walked in, according to witnesses.
His body was dismembered and his limbs were collected from the scene.
Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, however, Nigerian officials are suspecting the bombing was carried out by Boko Haram as it has repeatedly carried out offensives in the area.
Nigeria’s new President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to eliminate Boko Haram after he was sworn in at the end of May.
Boko Haram has been fighting a six-year insurgency, leading to the death of over 30,000 civilians and security personnel, in a bid to establish a state of its own in northern Nigeria and killed thousands of people and caused about 1.5 million to flee their homes.