KADUNA, Nigeria — Twin suicide car bombs exploded Sunday at a church inside one of Nigeria’s top military bases, killing at least 11 people and wounding another 30 in an embarrassing attack showing the continued insecurity that haunts Africa’s most populous nation.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, but suspicion fell on the radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram, whose suicide bombers target Sunday worship services in what has become a weekly macabre routine in Nigeria.
This attack in Jaji, however, happened inside a barracks home to the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, one of the country’s most important military colleges. It also showed a new dangerous sophistication as the second explosion appeared timed to target responders rushing to aid the wounded 10 minutes after the first blast, officials said.
The attack began just after noon and targeted St. Andrew Military Protestant Church, Brigadier General Bola Koleoso said. A bus loaded with explosives made it inside the barracks’ perimeter and rammed into the church’s walls before exploding, he said.
The second blast came from a sedan parked nearby and struck in the chaos of the blast at the church, Koleoso said.