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Four dead in Nigerian church bombing

Feb. 26, 2012 at 11:13 AM

JOS, Nigeria, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Four people died Sunday in a suicide bomb attack on a large church in the Nigerian city of Jos, officials said.

A church service was under way when a car filled with explosives went through a security checkpoint and struck a woman before exploding inside the Cocin, or Church of Christ, compound, killing two other people along with the bombing suspect, CNN reported.

The Islamic militant group Boko Haram is suspected in the bombing, the latest in a series of violent attacks on church, mosque and police stations in Nigeria. Boko Haram translates from the local Hausa language as "Western education is outlawed."

About 3 million people belong to the Cocin in Nigeria and about 3,000 worshipers attend services at the headquarters in Jos, CNN said.

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