A bomb attack outside a Nigerian church on Easter Sunday has killed at least 20 people and involved two cars packed with explosives, a rescue official said on condition of anonymity.
“Now we have 20 dead from the twin explosions,” said the official who was not authorised to speak publicly. “Bombs concealed in two cars went off just opposite this church.”
A spokesman for the national emergency management agency said most of the victims appeared to be motorcyle taxi drivers who were in the area at the time.
Police confirmed the explosion was a bomb, but did not comment further.
“We have a bomb explosion. We are trying to sort things out,” police spokesman Aminu Lawal told AFP, declining to comment further.
“I was in my house when I heard a loud explosion that shook my house, causing my ceiling to cave in,” one local resident told AFP by phone.
He ran to the site, which had been cordoned off, but he said he could see damage to the Assemblies of God Church and cars.
Residents speculated that the explosives were placed in a badly-mangled car, seen outside the church, as a service was taking place. A hotel is also located in the area.
Islamist group Boko Haram carried out a series of attacks on churches and other locations on Christmas Day. The worst of those attacks occurred at a church outside the capital Abuja, where 44 people died.
Authorities as well as foreign embassies had warned of the possibility of an attack on Easter Sunday.