Onlookers stand by destroyed car at site of bomb blast at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, Nigeria Sunday (AP Photo/Sunday Aghaeze)
Witnesses say churches that were holding Easter services in Nigeria may have been the intended target of a suicide car bomber this morning.
Instead, they say, the car was blocked by barriers and turned away by a security guard -- and the bomber set off his explosives in the street, killing at least 38 people.
The blast struck the city of Kaduna, leaving charred motorcycles and debris strewn across a major road. Nearby hotels and homes had their windows blown out and roofs torn away by the force of the explosion.
It damaged two nearby churches as worshippers took part in an Easter service.
The pastor at one of the churches says he was leading a holy communion service when he suddenly heard a loud noise that shattered windows and doors, and damaged or destroyed some equipment in the church.
Some fear the attack could inflame tensions around the city, which is in a region that is a dividing line between Nigeria's largely Christian south and its Muslim north.