BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) -- Officials say Mass at a Catholic church in northern Nigeria was shattered today by a suicide car bomber in a blast that killed one person and wounded 46.
The region has been under assault by a radical Islamist sect.
An Associated Press journalist heard the explosion today in the city of Bauchi, which has seen a number of bombings and shootings blamed on the sect known as Boko Haram. The blast appeared to hit a parking lot alongside the St. John's Catholic Church in the city.
Police and military surrounded the church and did not allow journalists inside the cordon. Later at a nearby hospital, Bauchi deputy police commissioner T. Stevens told journalists told that the bomber had been stopped at the church's gate, where he detonated the explosives packed inside his car.
Doctors cautioned more people could die from their injuries.