A suicide car bomber has struck near a church on the outskirts of the northern Nigeria, in the city of Bauchi, with witnesses and officials reporting at least 15 fatalities, not counting the suicide bomber, and more than 30 people injured.

The bomber targeted the Living Faith church on Sunday morning, in the neighbourhood near the airport in Bauchi, the capital of Bauchi state after driving into a church compound.

Al Jazeera’s Yvonne Ndege, reporting from Abuja, said the bomb was detonated at a police checkpoint.

“In this instance, the attacker tried to get past a barricade and police moved in to investigate. In that process, the device went off. Police say eight people were killed, including the bomber, and the Red Cross said more than 30 people being treated in hospital.”

“Police tend to feel they were able to thwart the attack somewhat, and the [death toll] would have been much worse if, indeed, the suicide bomber had been able to penetrate the building,” our correspondent added.

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